Why did the IRS and FBI seize documents from the Deal Yeshiva?
Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph Marra said today that his office has uncovered a massive money-laundering scheme that involved high-ranking religious figures and their associates in the Syrian Jewish and Hasidic communities in Brooklyn, N.Y. and Deal. Advertisement Among those arrested was Eliahu Ben Haim, of Long Branch, principal rabbi of Congregation Ohel Yaacob in Deal. According to court documents, Haim received bank checks in amounts ranging from tens of thousands of dollars to $160,000 at a time, made payable to a charitable, tax-exempt organization associated with aim and his synagogue. Sources: http://www.app.com/article/20090723/NEWS/90723016/1282/LOCAL06/Documents+seized+at+Monmouth+Co.
From the Star-Ledger: The arrests are the result of a two-year FBI and IRS probe that began with an investigation of money transfers by members of the Syrian enclaves in Deal and Brooklyn. Those arrested this morning include key religious leaders in the tight-knit, wealthy communities…. Agents also raided religious institutions to make arrests and collect information. The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the IRS took out at least three boxes from the Deal Yeshiva, as students were arriving at school. The Deal Yeshiva, on the corner of Brighton and Norwood avenues, is a prestigious religious school in town. Authorities also searched the Ohel Yaacob synagogue on Ocean Avenue in Deal and removed several boxes. Sources: http://blogs.jta.
Several of the initial reports on the arrests in New York and New Jersey mentioned the name Shalom Dwek, his previous trouble with law-enforcement officials and his connection to the Deal Yeshiva. For example, from The Daily Record: … The subjects of the arrests also include religious leaders from the Syrian Jewish enclaves in Brooklyn, Deal and Elberon. Sources said the IRS and FBI this morning seized documents from the Deal Yeshiva and the Ohel Yaacob synagogue on Ocean Avenue in Deal. Sources: http://blogs.jta.