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Five Madoff Employees Found Guilty in Ponzi Scheme

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

A federal jury Monday found five former employees of Bernard Madoff guilty of knowingly being involved in the biggest Ponzi scheme in history and rejected their claims that they were just following orders.

The defendants’ testified that Madoff was the only one who knew of the swindle, but assistant U.S. attorney John T. Zach had told the jurors, “There’s really no dispute here that there was a massive criminal conspiracy” and that “the defendants knew that fraud was going on at Madoff Securities.”

Sentences will be handed down later, but it is certain that the five men and women will be joining Madoff by moving their residence to a prison cell.

One of the key testimonies on behalf of the prosecution was by Frank DiPascali Jr., who pleaded guilty in 2009 and has been cooperating with federal prosecutors and who told the jury that  a fake ledger of securities trades was written up to show an auditor.

Madoff’s senior staffers kept a special set of books for the Securities and  Exchange Commission.

Lawyers for the defendants questioned DiPascalis veracity and claimed his testimony was based on his desire to reduce his own jail sentence.

The defendants’ material wealth blinded them from simply quitting the swindle that robbed institutions, such as Yeshiva University, and thousands of people of millions of dollars.

Daniel Bonventre, 67, New York, N.Y., received hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal expenses and bought a New Jersey beach home.

Annette Bongiorno, 65, North Hills, N.Y., bought expensive homes in New York and Florida and Bentley car.

JoAnn Crupi, 52, Westfield, N.J., bought a vacation home on the New Jersey shore and also charged personal expense to Madoff Securities.

Jerome O’Hara, 50, Malverne, N.Y. and George Perez, 48, East Brunswick, N.J., objected to Madoff about having to change records and delete records and said they would not follow such orders in the future. However, a pay raise solved the problem.

Bibi’s Choice

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

News item:

MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. law enforcement officials expressed outrage over the release from prison of Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero and vowed to continue efforts to bring to justice the man who ordered the killing of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent.

Caro Quintero was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the 1985 kidnapping and killing of DEA agent Enrique Camarena but a Mexican federal court ordered his release this week saying he had been improperly tried in a federal court for state crimes. …

The Association of Former Federal Narcotics Agents in the United States said it was “outraged” by Caro Quintero’s early release and blamed corruption within Mexico’s justice system.

“The release of this violent butcher is but another example of how good faith efforts by the U.S. to work with the Mexican government can be frustrated by those powerful dark forces that work in the shadows of the Mexican ‘justice’ system,” the organization said in a statement.

So imagine how they would react if 104 “violent butcher(s)” were released from prison as a result of improper influence on the justice system, particularly if that influence came from a foreign power! This describes the prisoner release that Israel’s leaders have been coerced into accepting as the price for beginning talks with the PLO.

There isn’t justice in nature. Sometimes evil people do terrible things and escape punishment, even thrive. This brute fact has prompted countless pages of philosophical and theological discourse. But one thing that is not in doubt is that it is one of the functions of civilization to try to bring some order out of this moral chaos by imposing justice.

Hence one of the seven Noachide laws — one of the moral principles that Judaism recognizes as a requirement for any civilized nation, Jewish or not — is to establish courts of law. Subverting justice, then, is one of the worst crimes a person can commit.

PM Netanyahu fell into a trap set for him by Barack Obama, perhaps payback for the humiliation Obama suffered in May 2011, when Bibi dared to publicly instruct the ‘leader of the free world’ about “Middle East reality.”

Now Obama has handed him a “Sophie’s choice,” a moral dilemma in which both forks are horrible. Should he release the prisoners, cause immense pain to the families of their victims, damage Israel’s honor and deterrence, and subvert the legal system that condemned them (and by the way, destroy his own reputation and political career)? Or should he tell Obama to go to hell and expose Israel to whatever consequences were threatened?

Bibi has made his choice. History will judge him.

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Federal Judge Dismisses Alan Gross’ Lawsuit against Government

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

A federal judge dismissed on Tuesday a lawsuit filed against the U.S. government by Alan Gross, the American-Jewish contractor imprisoned in Cuba since 2009.

Judge James Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that under federal law, the government cannot be sued for injuries that occurred in another country.

Gross and his wife Judy filed a $60 million lawsuit in November against the U.S. government and a government contractor, charging that Gross should have been better trained and informed of the risks before going to Cuba to set up Internet access for the Jewish community there.

Gross, 64, was arrested in December 2009 as he was leaving Cuba for “crimes against the state.” He spoke virtually no Spanish and traveled to Cuba five times under his own name before his arrest.

Gross’ family and U.S. State Department officials say that Gross was in Cuba on a U.S. Agency for International Development contract to help the country’s 1,500 Jews communicate with other Jewish communities using the Internet.

The main Jewish groups in Cuba have denied any contact with or knowledge of Gross or the program.

The Grosses settled in mid-May with Development Alternatives Inc., a Maryland-based contractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development, for an undisclosed amount.

Ringleader Found Guilty in $57M Fraud at Claims Conference

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Semen Domnister, the former Claims Conference employee who was charged with leading a $57 million fraud scheme at the Holocaust restitution organization, was found guilty Wednesday by a U.S. District Court jury in Manhattan after a four-week trial.

Domnitser and two others, Oksana Romalis and Luba Kramrish, were found guilty on all counts., and 28 others charged in the fraud scheme have pleaded guilty.

“To have it all come to closure is extraordinarily important,” Greg Schneider, the executive vice president of the Claims Conference, told JTA. “We’re obviously very happy that justice has been served, but focus on the needs of Holocaust survivors has always been our main priority.”

The fraud was discovered in 2009 and dated back to 1993. It involved falsifying applications to the Hardship Fund, an account established by the German government to provide one-time payments of approximately $3,360 to those who fled the Nazis as they moved east through Germany, and the Article 2 Fund, through which the German government gives pension payments of approximately $411 per month to needy Nazi victims who spent significant time in a concentration camp, in a Jewish ghetto in hiding or living under a false identity to avoid the Nazis.

Jury deliberations Wednesday took just a few hours.

Jews Win Right to Carry on Shabbat on Long Island (+ Video)

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

One of three federal lawsuits filed in connection with a proposed eruv enclosure in a suburban New York beach community was dismissed.

U.S. District Court Judge Leonard Wexler dismissed a suit on Monday brought by a group of Jewish residents on Long Island opposed to the construction of the eruv, an enclosure that permits religious Jews to carry items in public on the Sabbath, The New York Times reported. Proponents of the eruv in Westhampton Beach, N.Y., are affiliated with the Orthodox Hampton Synagogue, which has had repeated run-ins with local residents fearing an influx of Orthodox Jews to the seaside community.

Judge Wexler also set a timeline for the other two suits, one brought by the East End Eruv Association attempting to set up the eruv, the other between the three villages on whose land the eruv would be erected, Westhampton Beach, Quogue, and Southampton, and the utility companies the poles belong to.

“This used to be an amiable little town,” said Ellen Indursky, a member of the Hampton Synagogue, who told the NY Times on Saturday that she regrets her synagogue’s bringing up the idea of the eruv in the first place. “It’s created an us and a them; you are either on one side or the other,” she said, adding, “There’s more feelings of anti-Semitism here now than there has ever been.”

Very few Westhampton Beach residents are Orthodox, according to the Times, and the Hampton Synagogue is the only Orthodox congregation in the area. About 20 of the synagogue’s year-round members, and some 200 summer resident families say they need the eruv, according to the rabbi, Marc Schneier.

But in the Hamptons as in every other community where Orthodox Jews put up an eruv, having it there is an open invitation to even more Orthodox Jews to settle down there, especially young people. This is because the eruv allows young mothers to take their babies to synagogue on Shabbat morning, to attend services. It also permits the disabled to be pushed in wheelchairs to shul. In short, it makes life easy on the Orthodox and before you know it, they fill up the area.

Or, as the Times put it: “…many in Westhampton Village…say they fear the prospect of more Orthodox Jews moving in if the eruv is constructed. The mayor, Conrad Teller, estimated that perhaps 90 to 95 percent of Westhampton Village is now against it. ‘It’s divisive,’ he said. ‘I believe they think somebody’s trying to push something down their throats.’”

Yes, it appears nothing is more offensive to the gentry in the Hamptons than invisible fishing lines stretched 20 feet in the air between electric poles.

Some locals told the Times their bigotry is economically founded: “Storekeepers on Main Street have voiced practical concerns, because Orthodox Jews traditionally don’t spend money on the Sabbath. ‘Retail is hard enough as it is,’ said Anick Darbellay, sitting in her dress shop on Friday. ‘I don’t want to have to shut down on Saturdays. Have you been to the Five Towns?’ she asked, referring to an Orthodox Jewish enclave in Nassau County. ‘That’s what happened there.’”

JTA content was used in this report.

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