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June 14, 2012

Moshe Butler Sentenced To More Than 5 Years For $2.5 Million Frauds

Moshe ButlerThe son of former OU executive vice president Rabbi Raphael Butler (the elder Butler was the chief enabler of notorious child abuser Rabbi Baruch Lanner)  gets 63 months in federal prison for a string of frauds.

Moshe Butler
Moshe Butler

Moshe Butler Sentenced To More Than 5 Years For $2.5 Million Frauds
The son of former OU executive vice president Rabbi Raphael Butler (the elder Butler was the chief enabler of notorious child abuser Rabbi Baruch Lanner) gets 63 months in federal prison for a string of frauds.
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com

Moshe Butler, the 33-year-old son of former OU executive vice president Rabbi Raphael Butler (the elder Butler was the chief enabler of notorious child abuser Rabbi Baruch Lanner) was sentenced yesterday to more than five years in federal prison for a series of frauds amounting to almost $2.5 million.

Butler pleaded guilty in April to defrauding Morgan Stanley Smith Barney out of $37,417, and to defrauding two individuals, identified by prosecutors by the initials D.B. and C.W., out of $107,755 in cash and legal fees by writing them bad checks.

Butler committed those crimes while on bail awaiting trial for a different, $2.25 million fraud.

Butler stole the money from hotel and motel chains by selling them flat panel televisions he never delivered.

When customers demanded refunds, Butler frequently responded by sending them bad checks.

He was sentenced to a 57-month prison term for the television scam and 6 months for the other frauds, with the sentences to be served consecutively, for a total sentence 63 months.

Butler was also ordered to pay more than $2.6 million in restitution to cover both schemes, and he was ordered to forfeit an additional $208,172.

After he serves his prison sentence, Butler will serve three years of supervised release.

Butler, a Yeshiva University grad, is the founder of a Jewish addiction rehab program in Florida, where he lived part time.

Butler’s own gambling addiction allegedly pushed him to steal.

But U.S. District Judge William H. Walls would have none of it.

“Society has to be protected from people who promise something and don’t even attempt to deliver. That you are a gambler is not of consequence to me,” the judge said.

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Moshe Butler Pleads Guilty To Bank Fraud.

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"Butler" is he Skver Rebbe's Butler...?

another case where they went easy on him because he is orthodox.

In jail, he will be a "buttler."

In jail, he will be a "buttler."

Posted by: Yochanan Lavie | June 14, 2012 at 07:00 AM
I doubt he will be doing the serving though.

Do they serve kosher Rubaskin meat at the jail where he is going???

Its important to note, given Shmarya's dangling modifiers, that the thief is the son of Lanner's enabler, not the enabler himself.

Did he do these things because of the Internet? Is this Toeyavah? Are these the 'outside forces' Zeiebel talks of? Was he influenced by TV, Indian Wigs, Lipa??......

Why didn't you write 'Rabbi' Moshe Butler? He's wearing a Kippah!
Dipshit.

He is modern ortho

Thank you maven for noticing the dangling modifier.

I was also puzzled how a 33 year-old could be Lanner's enabler, since the crimes took place in the 90s.

Cuz The "Honorable Judge" can't help him.

I think the crimes he was convicted of, which took place in context of is job as a principal, took place later. The NCSY related incidents addressed by the OU report spanned a period that began far, far earlier than the 90s.

Not only a crook, but an inept one. This guy failed at gambling, failed at commodities speculation, and failed at fraud.

This seems unrelated to religion, though. It's just a routine fraud case.

i feel sorryh for his wife and young kids

his father was a thief of childrens lives by protecting lanner and he stole and will sit

The only thing this story has to do with dogs
is hot dogs. HAShem yerachem. which they will be feeding to the young prisoners.
Good for you Shmarya on deleting all those irrelevent comments.

butlers drug program was only to influence the judge

the whole thing was a scam and people were misled

Sad thing is, he is getting a stiffer sentence than most of the child molesters discussed on this blog.

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