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Rabbi Pinto Will Be Charged with Bribing Police Officer

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has decided on Wednesday to adopt the state attorney’s recommendation and charge Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto with bribery. Rabbi Pinto is expected to be indicted in the next few days, and the counts will include interfering in a police investigation, bribing officials, harassing a witness and money laundering.

The charges will be pressed following a long campaign on the part of the accused and his attorneys to avoid his indictment, a campaign that included, according to the prosecution, an attempt to reach a plea bargain using incriminating material against the commander of special cases unit Lahav 433, Menashe Arbiv, who has meanwhile retired from the police.

Rabbi Pinto will be charged with giving a $200 thousand bribe to Commander Ephraim Bracha, head of the police national fraud unit a year ago, in exchange for information regarding the investigation of the not-for-profit Chazon Yeshaia (Isaiah’s Vision), headed by Rabbi pinto. At the time, Commander Bracha informed his superiors about the bribe attempt, and will likely be a key witness for the prosecution.

The rabbi’s attorneys told the press that they will present their response in due time, and that they found AG Weinstein’s decision to go ahead with the indictment “questionable.”

The “Shuva Israel” institutions, which are run by Rabbi Pinto, released the following statement: “We believe completely in the Rabbi’s righteousness, and in the coming days will expose to the public the entire litany of events in this case since 2010. Back then, rabbi Pinto was the victim of blackmail and threats in the United States. When this entire affair from that time on is exposed, the public will be able to judge who is the accuser and who the accused.”

According to Walla, Rabbi Pinto has disappeared in recent weeks, and no one in his network of institutions, in Israel and in the U.S. knows where he is. Rumors have it that he’s been teaching Torah to his followers in Texas, Los Angeles or New York City. Other rumors suggest he is back in Israel.

Another source suggested he was in Morocco, “where they show him more respect.”

Wife of ‘Businessmen’s Rabbi’ Attempted Suicide following Bribery Charges

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Deborah Pinto, wife of Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto, who is suspected, along with her husband, of trying to bribe a senior police officer, attempted suicide on Sunday by taking pills. Mrs. Pinto, who was picked up for questioning last Thursday, together with her husband, and was released with him under restrictive conditions, is in satisfactory condition at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, Walla reported.

Rabbi Pinto released a statement saying: “We pray for the well being of the Rebbetzin along with thousands of followers. Our attorneys warned the authorities about her condition. Unfortunately, they did not show here the required sensitivity. We are certain that she will recover soon and say what she has to say to the investigators, until all of them understand that there was nothing wrong with her behavior and that a great injustice has been done.”

At the end of his interrogation today, Rabbi Pinto was taken to the hospital, where he is staying by his wife’s bed. He received a special suspension of his house arrest so he can be with his wife. Many associates and family members have arrived at the hospital.

The investigation against Rabbi Pinto and his wife began a few weeks ago, after Pinto allegedly offered the chief of the police investigations division chief, Brigadier General Bracha, hundreds of thousands of shekels in return for details of an ongoing police investigation. The officer reported the offer to the head of the Investigations Department, General Yoav Segalovitch, who sent Bracha back to gather evidence against the rabbi. When he became convinced an investigation was called for, Segalovitch appointed a special investigation team to handle the sensitive case.

Rabbi Pinto and his wife returned last Thursday from the U.S. and the moment they landed were taken for questioning in the city of Ramla, where investigators told them of the bribe allegations against them. In addition, police are considering charges of money laundering against the rabbi and his wife. They couple have both denied the allegations.

At the end of the investigation, they were taken to a hearing before a judge, where police asked that they be released under restrictive conditions—house arrest—as well as post bail of 1 million shekel each and be forbidden to leave the country for six months.

Rabbi Josiah Pinto is considered the spiritual leader of prominent Jewish businessmen in Israel and around the world. In recent years, many business leaders have been making pilgrimages to Rabbi Pinto’s house, and accompany him on his annual journey to the grave of Rabbi Eliezer Papo (1785–1828, author of Pele Yoetz, a manuscript on ethical behavior) in Bulgaria.

Among those tied to the rabbi, are Shari Arison, Nochi Dankner, Jacky Ben-Zaken and Ilan Ben Dov.

Rabbi Pinto, who began his career in Ashdod, now divides his time between Israel and Manhattan, where he mentors a large community of Jewish businessmen. He counsels businessmen before they make major transactions, and in many cases serves as an arbitrator in financial disputes. Last June, Israel Forbes magazine estimated Rabbi Pinto’s fortune at $75 million.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/wife-of-businessmens-rabbi-attempted-suicide-following-bribery-charges/2012/10/14/

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