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January 7, 2014

Two more charged in Met Council scam

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William Rapfogel, left, then the head of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg attending the social service agency’s annual legislative breakfast, June 2008. (Metropolitan Council)

William Rapfogel, left, then the head of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg attending the social service agency’s annual legislative breakfast, June 2008. (Metropolitan Council)

Two former employees of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty were charged in the multimillion-dollar scam at the New York charity.

Former Executive Director David Cohen and Chief Financial Officer Herbert Friedman were arraigned Tuesday in Manhattan Criminal Court on grand larceny, money laundering and conspiracy charges, the New York Daily News reported. They pleaded not guilty.

According to the felony complaint, Cohen and Friedman told prosecutors they conspired with former Met Council chief William Rapfogel to collect kickbacks on insurance payments.

Rapfogel, a longtime Jewish communal professional who was considered a major power broker in New York, was fired as Met Council president and CEO over the summer after the council’s board of directors learned of financial regularities.

In September, Rapfogel was arrested on charges of grand larceny and money laundering.

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