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  • Report: Many Jewish leaders sought leniency for Met Council’s Rapfogel

    March 30, 2015 | 9:47 am

    Many high-profile Jewish leaders called on New York’s attorney general to go easy on William Rapfogel, the former chief of New York’s Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, who stole $9 million from the charity, according to a new report.

    The Rapfogel backers included 19 rabbis,...

  • Met Council’s former insurance brokers sentenced in $9 million scheme

    February 13, 2015 | 10:57 am

    Two former insurance brokers for the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty have been sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay $1.5 million each in restitution.

    Solomon Ross and William Lieber, who together with the nonprofit’s former CEO William Rapfogel stole...

  • FEGS reportedly being investigated by Manhattan DA, state attorney general

    February 10, 2015 | 10:08 am

    Two law enforcement agencies reportedly have launched criminal investigations into the sudden collapse of FEGS, a large Jewish social service agency in New York.

    Citing an unnamed source, the New York Daily News reported that the Manhattan district attorney and New York state...

  • FEGS, major Jewish social service agency, to close

    February 3, 2015 | 11:07 am

    FEGS, one of the largest social service agencies in the United States, is shutting down after unexpectedly losing $19.4 million last year.

    The New York-based FEGS, which has nearly 3,000 employees and is a beneficiary of UJA-Federation of New York, announced Friday that it would...

  • Ex-CFO of Met Council pleads guilty in kickback scheme

    May 6, 2014 | 12:38 pm

    Herbert Friedman, the 80-year-old former chief financial officer of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, pleaded guilty in New York state court to bilking the charity of $250,000 as part of an insurance kickback scheme.

    Under the terms of the plea bargain, Friedman will...

  • Ex-Met Council chief William Rapfogel pleads guilty in scam, faces prison

    April 23, 2014 | 10:52 am

    William Rapfogel, the ousted leader of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty in New York, pleaded guilty to first-degree larceny for his role in a scheme to steal more than $7 million from the social service agency.

    Rapfogel, 59, who had served as CEO and president of the...

  • Two more charged in Met Council scam

    January 7, 2014 | 5:04 pm

    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...

  • Scandal-battered Met Council cleared for state funding

    December 20, 2013 | 10:28 am

    The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty will be able to continue receiving New York State funds in the wake of the scandal that has seen its former CEO charged with stealing millions from the charity.

    The New York State attorney general and comptroller announced Thursday that...

  • Another arrest in Rapfogel case; alleged theft now $7 million

    November 15, 2013 | 10:42 am

    Authorities charged the owner of a New York insurance company with helping William Rapfogel, the former chief of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, steal more than $7 million from the organization.

    The owner, Joseph Ross, was arrested Wednesday and charged with a litany...

  • Met Council taps N.Y. finance chief Frankel to replace Rapfogel

    August 19, 2013 | 10:12 am

    The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty is bringing in New York City’s finance chief, David Frankel, to succeed the fired William Rapfogel as executive director and CEO.

    The Met Council announced the appointment of Frankel, who has been the commissioner of the Department of...

  • NYC suspends millions in funding to Met Council

    August 16, 2013 | 9:55 am

    New York City has reportedly suspended all funding to the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty following the firing of its longtime CEO over alleged financial misdeeds.

    “All pending awards have been put on hold until an investigation by [the New York Department of...

  • Jewish leaders react with shock to fall of longtime anti-poverty activist William Rapfogel

    August 13, 2013 | 2:39 pm

    The New York Jewish communal world reacted with shock this week to news that William Rapfogel, longtime head of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty and a major player in New York’s Jewish community, had been fired for alleged financial improprieties.

    The Met Council, which...

  • Tabloids: Rapfogel allegedly profited from Met Council scheme

    August 13, 2013 | 10:27 am

    When the story first broke on Monday about N.Y. anti-poverty and political bigwig William Rapfogel being fired from his longtime post as head of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, the exact nature of the allegations were unclear.

    So it was possible to think that...