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September 15, 2007

Rabbi Moshe Rubashkin Indicted On New Federal Charge – Based On Information First Reported Here In 2005

Moshe_rubashkin The current head of the Crown Heights Community Council, a Brooklyn, NY government body controlled by Chabad-Lubavitch, Rabbi Moshe Rubashkin is a convicted felon elected to his position only months after getting out of Federal prison. Now Rabbi Moshe Rubashkin and his 28-year-old-son Sholom Rubashkin have both been indicted on Federal charges stemming from the family's abandoned textile mill in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Rabbi Moshe Rubashkin was indicted for illegally storing hazardous chemicals at the abandoned mill. Sholom Rubashkin was indicted for making false statements to the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the mill's ownership. Shalom Rubashkin signed some of those statements using the name Sam Sternberg.

The Rubashkins owe almost $500,000 is back property taxes, school assessments and fines on the Allentown property.

Rabbi Moshe Rubashkin is the brother of Agriprocessors' president Rabbi Sholom Rubashkin and is the son of Agriprocessors' founder, Rabbi Aaron Rubashkin. All are Chabad hasidim. (Moshe Rubashkin's son Sholom, also indicted, is the nephew of Agriprocessors' president Sholom Rubashkin.)

The mill burned several times in suspicious fires, at least one of which, in July of 2005, was ruled arson. The chemicals Rabbi Moshe Rubashkin illegally stored there caused the fires to be much worse than they would otherwise have been. Indeed, firefighters tried to douse one fire with water, only to see it flare up and become dramatically worse. Water is not the agent of choice to stop this type of chemical fire. But the city had no idea the chemicals were stored in the abandoned mill.

The Rubashkin family removed thousands of dollars of working industrial equipment just before the fires, but left the hazardous chemicals behind.

The Rubashkin family has a closely held real estate arm, Skyline Industries. Apparently the Rubashkin's tried to shield their ownership of this company and flipped the mortgage of the Allentown mill between it and Rabi Moshe Rubashkin. As I noted in November of 2005:

A source close to the case told FailedMessiah.com that Skyline Industries – the property's "mortgage holder" – is controlled by members of the Rubashkin family. Rabbi Moshe Rubashkin "defaulted" on his "loans" just as Allentown was about to sieze and sell the then-intact but rundown property for back taxes and fees. Skyline Industries then gained "control" of the property, thwarting the city's efforts. Soon after, the property burned in the first of what would become several arsons. Now, just as the city is about to sieze the property from Skyline Industries – which is reported to be controlled by the Rubashkin family – Skyline transfers all but the most heavily damaged parcel to Southside Redevelopment, a company Allentown believes is also connected to the Rubashkin family.

Rabbi Aaron Rubashkin, the family's patriarch, was not indicted, even though he was at one point, I believe, an owner of the Allentown mill and may have played a role in Skyline, as well.

Why it took the EPA to get this on the Feds agenda is an open question. It might be worth noting that the US Attorney for that region is a former aide to Republican Senator Arlen Specter, himself close to Lubavitch. This also may explain the relatively minor charges – after all, the Rubashkins flipped the mortgage to avoid paying taxes and fines, and they left extremely hazardous material unsupervised while at the same time removing valuable machinery from a building that would soon burn. One would think charges beyond illegal storage of hazardous waste and making a false statement would be possible, especially when state lines were crossed and postal services used in these crimes. And I believe other family members were involved, as well.

Both Rubashkins face a maximum of five years in Federal prison.

Of course it is possible that more charges will be added as days go by, and that more Rubashkin family members will be indicted.

Here is the Federal indictment:

Download rubashkinind.pdf

And here is the press release from the US Attorney's office:

Download rubashkinrelease.pdf

Stories about the various Rubashkin mill fires and other stories about Rabbi Moshe Rubashkin are linked in the sidebar of this page.


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Many of my customers have to deal with the EPA- They ALL live in fear of that agency- If there is such a thing as 'Black Helicopters' The EPA is it.
Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

As Samuel Johnson said, "Where there is shame there may yet be virtue".Don't expect Teshuva, just justice.

If the senator did anything like using his influence with the Feds to help these criminals does it make him an unindicted co-conspirator?

Not in this world.

Anyway, I doubt Specter did anything. But we'll see …

I know that everyone in 770 gets smicha but that does't bestow the title of "Rabbi" before their name-that goes for Kolko as well

""""I know that everyone in 770 gets smicha but that does't bestow the title of "Rabbi" before their name-that goes for Kolko as well""""
Aha it the other way around!
A teacher can assume the title of 'rabbi' since the word rabbi means teacher with or without smicha. There was one instance of someone who went around with the title of 'rabbi' yet he did not have smicha- he became the rabbi at a small congregation and when asked for a copy of his smicha was found out- this happened in Minneapolis. There are MANY more examples of this! THEN there is this policy of certain yeshivot:
" Our yeshiva does not grant smicha only the various Rosh ha yeshiva do- they are allowed to used the stationary of the yeshiva- no records are kept by the yeshiva- only the Rosh ha yeshva MAY keep records

They just have to delay the conviction until the next president is elected. Then they can buy a pardon - especially if it's Hillary (remember Marc Rich and the New Square bunch? )

To JewishCynic:
Not to worry!!
What sort of people worked at the EPA?
Idealoges that are out to protect 'Mother Earth'. Hillary could NEVER go against these people -best chance for this scum is to get a pardon from Bush.

This is all part of Hanina Spelin's attempt to get back into power. He is the joke of NYC politics, but has a mad driven need to be in photos with the Mayor.

Exactly how would that be? He controlls the Justice Dept?

To blame Chanina Sperlin for something that Rubashkin did before he got into the JCC is really evil.

By the way Moshe Rubashkin does not have smicha at all he hardly learned in yeshiva.

Might we say that Rubashkin was home schooled?


who the hell do you think you are lrt me tell you will burn for all the lashon hara you people post here

whoever spews negative hate information for the majortiy of his time can expect to feel that within him/herself and view that of others and through interpersonal relationships, I suggest that the author and readers of ths blog take a look into themselves and see if all of their negative emotions are not being displaced from some other event in their lives, say being beaten up when they were a child or the like, and deal with their issues rather than start a hate propaganda online blog

Hi is a good man and deserves pardon immediately

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