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2 LA Jews Flee 1,020 and 330 Year Sentences to Israel (Updated)

Aviv Mizrahi (R) and Aryeh Greenes are believed to have fled to Israel following their indictment on defrauding several U.S. banks for $33 million.

Aviv Mizrahi (R) and Aryeh Greenes are believed to have fled to Israel following their indictment on defrauding several U.S. banks for $33 million.
Photo Credit: FBI

Editor’s note: We received this note from a reputable source:

It’s impossible to convey my dismay at reading this scandalous report impugning Rabbi Aryeh Greenes.

My sense of Aryeh Greenes is of a 100% trustworthy and honest person; a man of stainless and incorruptible integrity. Throughout the years of our acquaintance I have never had the slightest feeling that there is some price, some honor or preferment that would induce him to bend his moral compass, break a law or tell a lie.

I knew him in Los Angeles, where I watched him do acts of extraordinary professional courtesy without the expectation of kudos or reward. It’s those kindnesses a person does when no one is there to pay him compliments or wonder out loud at his greatness which exemplify the real champion. I’ve seen him stand up to powerful rabbinic bullies and call them out on their perversion of justice. He is fearless.

It will take something significantly more substantial than an FBI indictment to make me believe anything bad about this man. Seriously.

There’s an old joke about Jews in the diaspora who, during Mussaf, alter the classical line to say, “Because of our sin we were exiled to our homeland.” In one such case, the FBI is presuming that two Jewish men from Los Angeles, Aviv Mizrahi, 53, and Aryeh Greenes, 58, who were indicted on a $33 million bank fraud, have fled to Israel, CBS News reported.

On Thursday, a federal grand jury in LA indicted the two on 34 counts, including making false statements on loan applications and bank fraud.

According to the FBI website, Mizrahi operated and controlled several electronic wholesaling businesses in which he allegedly held millions in receivables and assets. Financial institutions entered into loan agreements with his companies because those companies granted a security interest in their inventory and accounts receivables. Mizrahi and Greenes, the CFO of New Electronic and Tech Club, allegedly submitted fraudulent documents to lending institutions to obtain or increase loans – including accounts receivable summaries, tax returns, borrowing base certificates and financial statements.

Over a four year period, both men allegedly obtained a $28 million line of credit from United Commercial Bank, a $3 million line of credit from TomatoBank, and $5 million line of credit from Security Pacific Bank.

Mizrahi allegedly made false statements to obtain loans or increase existing loans for his companies, including displaying inflated company assets, sales and accounts receivable information which he knew were worth significantly less than the amounts he represented on documents submitted to the financial institutions. Most of the purported inventory and accounts receivables of Mizrahi’s companies did not exist and some of the accounts payable were non-existent as well. The companies’ inventory was auctioned off, but only a small amount of the loans were recovered.

Security Pacific Bank and United Commercial Bank have failed and were placed into the hands of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The bank failures cost the FDIC losses in excess of $1 billion.

So there were probably more lines of credit…

After fleeing to Israel, Mizrahi legally changed his name to “Aviv Shoham Schwartz.” Both men are U.S. citizens.

Mizrahi faces a maximum statutory sentence of 1,020 years in federal prison if convicted. Greenes faces a maximum statutory sentence of 330 years in federal prison if convicted.

Some people are just luckier than others.

The charges in the indictment result from a joint investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation-Office of the Inspector General.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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16 Responses to “2 LA Jews Flee 1,020 and 330 Year Sentences to Israel (Updated)”

  1. Yes, and probably hiding in mae sherium

  2. Cody Flecker says:

    All power to these crooks. Stealing from a US Bank. It looks like the tables have turned, and it's about time some took advantage of the banks for a change.

  3. Fred Weiser says:

    They give us jews a bad name, they should be caught and sent back to USA, locked up, and fed trief!

  4. Ora Cooper says:

    meaningful response" to crooks maquerading as "Devout "Jews? and more "devout"men with advance degrees giving them the thumbs up? crooks are Crooks! phonies always "claim"to be Robin Hoods!

  5. Oh look out Fred! Express those sentiments and you'll start getting deleted and blocked from the FB pages of people you thought were your friends (been there)!

  6. Alan Kardon says:

    Cody Flecker What if it was your money that they stole?

  7. Alan Kardon says:

    Why should they be fed at all?

  8. Joseph Sanchez says:

    Them fleeing is good enough for me. GUILTY! You might meet someone, you might get to know someone, you might like someone and even call him a friend, BUT, you will never know what lays deep in ones heart. Even Charlie Manson and HITLER smiled and were friendly at times!!! Even JUDAS's heart is in many a men!

  9. Joseph Sanchez says:

    These words of encouragement can only come from a fellow CROOK!!!
    Evil at its best!

  10. Leo Erwin says:

    FUNNY THINGS HAPPEN TO PEOPLE THAT DO THINGS LIKE THIS….AND OF COURSE…..THEY MAKE LIFE HELL FOR US JEWS THAT DEAL WITH THE SAME INSTITUTIONS….GLAD TO BE OLD AND RETIRED….MET A FEW OF THOSE CRAZY TYPES IN MY LIFE….AND YOU SEE THEM SCHLEPPPPPPING AROUND…AND THEIR WORDS ARE LIKE BIRD CRAP….OF COURSE, THEY CANNOT UNDERSTAND WHY……..REPUTATION….DUDE….PEOPLE TALK…….

  11. Daniel Farb says:

    I would just like to suggest that all of you wait to jump to conclusions. I know Aryeh personally for a number of years. He is a fine person, and lived in one of the relatively modest houses of the Los Angeles area. Not exactly a high flyer. And someone who spends all his spare time learning. Just hold off on judgment. There are lots of Feds who try to make a career out of getting someone. In some cases, I wouldn't say this, but here don't jump to conclusions.

  12. Very sage advice Daniel Farb. …Jews should learn to refrain from going into an hysterical spin when a fellow Jew commits a crime. We are not saints and therefore Moses had to bring down the Ten Commandments to teach us AND THE REST OF MANKIND to restrain our impulses. Sometimes we feel.

  13. Sometimes the best of us fail, are led into temptation!

  14. Fred Weiser says:

    Then, Pamela, they never were my friends, were they?

  15. Gary Harper says:

    Charges do not make a conviction. And fleeing does not look good.

    Most of the crooks I know are great guys on a personal level. It is admitted that there are innocent people in our jails. But they are also filled with many who are guilty.

    Support your friends, of course; but remember that the hearts of men are easily turned when it comes to Mammon.

    In the U.S., fraud convictions are based on paper evidence, not so much testimony. So they should face up to it. If unsubstantiated, they can prove it with their records. Fraud convictions are hard to come by. We have a reasonable doubt test. And two sets of appeals courts.

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