Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Weisz, the Brooklyn-based grand rabbi of the Spinka sect, along with four local associates, pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy charges in downtown federal district court Monday.
Rabbi Moshe Zigelman, one of two co-conspirators who pleaded guilty last June in a tax fraud and money-laundering scheme, was sentenced in federal district court Monday to 24 months in prison.
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On Dec. 19, 2007, the U.S. Attorney General's Office filed an indictment in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California naming the Chasidic yeshiva and four other Spinka organizations, as well as eight people, in a multimillion dollar tax fraud and money-laundering ring that stretched from Brooklyn to Los Angeles to Israel and elsewhere.
On Dec. 19, Los Angeles authorities arrested six people, including Naftali Tzi Weisz, 59, the grand rabbi of Spinka, a Brooklyn-based Hasidic sect, on charges of creating a money-laundering scheme that worked through financial networks in Los Angeles and Israel.