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February 22, 2013

Weak Government Enforcement Allows Haredi Schools To Allegedly Defraud Government E-Rate Program – Until Now

Computer low resHis team found a number of major violations and ultimately recommended that the FCC make UTA return over $900,000. But in the end, the school paid nothing. In the years that have followed, it and the numerous institutions within its sprawling system of boys and girls’ schools in Brooklyn and Rockland County, each of which now files separately for E-rate, have been awarded tens of millions of E-rate dollars. In 2012, one of UTA’s service providers billed the program $81,600, just on Internet access for the Williamsburg boys’ divisions. That is despite the fact that UTA students are not allowed access to the Internet.

 

The Jewish Week reports:

Nine years ago, Thomas Cline traveled from Washington, D.C., to Brooklyn to tour seven buildings occupied by the United Talmudical Academy.

As the assistant inspector general for audit at the Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Inspector General, Cline — whose Southern drawl must have stood out amid the Yiddish accents of Williamsburg — was there to look at the large Satmar school system’s more than $1 million in technology purchases, in 1999, subsidized by the FCC’s E-rate program.

His team found a number of major violations and ultimately recommended that the FCC make UTA return over $900,000. But in the end, the school — which did not return calls from The Jewish Week seeking an interview — paid nothing. In the years that have followed, it and the numerous institutions within its sprawling system of boys and girls’ schools in Brooklyn and Rockland County, each of which now files separately for E-rate, have been awarded tens of millions of E-rate dollars. In 2012, one of UTA’s service providers billed the program $81,600, just on Internet access for the Williamsburg boys’ divisions.

That is despite the fact that UTA students are not allowed access to the Internet.…

Asked if it is currently investigating any potential improprieties in E-rate use among haredi institutions, Cline, the FCC auditor involved in the 2004 visit to UTA, declined to share specifics but said, “It’s come to our attention, and we are looking into it.”

In response to a follow-up e-mail from The Jewish Week, sent after the first two installments of an investigative series were published and seeking comment on some of the institutions the articles addressed, Cline said, via e-mail: “I can’t confirm, deny or discuss any investigative activity currently in progress by our staff.”

However, he added, his staff has “found the articles very interesting.”…

Keep reading Part 3 of The Jewish Week's 4-month investigation into what appears to be massive E-rate fraud by haredi schools here.

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And once the Federal Government comes down on them they'll scream Anti-Semitism.

Alter Kocker: I am more concerned about what the goyim will say about the Jewish community as a whole when they figure out what is going on. Surely all of the Jewish House and Senate members cannot be totally oblivious to the fraud going in the Haredi community.

I am more concerned about what the goyim will say about the Jewish community as a whole when they figure out what is going on.

We deserve absolutely anything and everything they say about us. We've allowed this to go on for decades.

What kills me is that the Modern Orthodox, who know better, still look up to them as paragons of religious observance. It sickens me.

As I'm typing this, I can't stop thinking about the comment left here last week by that despicable toad, Deremes, when Shmarya wrote that story about the rebbe getting several million dollars: "Oy, a Haredi gave a Haredi rov four millions dollars! Oy, it hurts!"

These creatures are vermin. They are the reason antisemitism exists - yet they think they are the paragons of creation. It's beyond time to cut them loose. Help those who wish to leave to to do so, and as for the rest - wall them up in their enclaves and throw away the keys.

Unfortunately, these will not be the ppl that are furloughed.

It so concerning since I of course, this will promote and intensify antisemitism. Maybe the fact that a Jewish paper is publishing this information will help mitigate some of that? One can hope... I live in Rockland and have had personal conversations with non-Jews who really believed that Haredim represent all Jews. We have to speak up against the cult - all of us. I agree that government officials must have been intentionally turning a blind eye to this and more - as do the people I've spoken with around here. Gonna need a bigger fan, I think, but maybe this is the beginning of a new and better day.

The frumma have all NY politicians on speed dial. Besides bloc votes, the criminal rebbes bundle millions of dollars in political contributions to politicians.
The real power the frumma have can't be from bloc votes, which only works at a local or regional level. The real power is the money via bundled contributions. When you see these huge fraudulent grants the frumma get, you can rest assured that a portion will work its way back to politicians' pockets.

WSC: You must have read this article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/23/nyregion/thompson-seeks-jews-votes-for-new-york-mayor.html?ref=nyregion

I wonder what William Thompson has promised the Hasidics in exchange for their votes.

Jeff: If Julius Streicher returned from the dead and landed in Boro Park, he'd probably say, "See, I told you so."

When you see these huge fraudulent grants the frumma get, you can rest assured that a portion will work its way back to politicians' pockets.

And this is the reason we need limits on campaign contributions (as they have in Europe), as well as mandatory testing of intelligence, sanity and developmental level as a prerequisite for voting (as well as reproduction).

If Julius Streicher returned from the dead and landed in Boro Park, he'd probably say, "See, I told you so."

It would be like pulling Marshall McLuhan out from behind the marquee. (L'havdil)

Rocky, this quote is all we need to know "...He [Thompson] also found ways, as the Board of Education president, to supply yeshivas with computers and supplies and to ease bus rules for students in religious schools..."

Jeff, there are already laws limiting campaign contributions, which is why bundling is a well-known technique to evade those limits. I don't know if those European laws you refer to prevent bundling.

Posted by: Jeff | February 23, 2013 at 08:28 AM

Jeff, in your distress, you crossed the line, sanity and development testing as a prerequisite to vote? Where would it stop, next person could say citizenship is the next frontier.

Shmarya: Why did you add the words "Until Now" in the heading? Is there a major crack down coming that the rest of us don't know about?

Jeff, there are already laws limiting campaign contributions, which is why bundling is a well-known technique to evade those limits.

Right, and we need to eradicate those loopholes and workarounds. My understanding is that Europe is a lot stricter; I don't believe they have anything along the lines of Citizens United.

Where would it stop, next person could say citizenship is the next frontier.

There's an idea.

Moshe Friedman ( gabbai) and His partner in crime Louis kestenbaum are enriching them selfs on our tax dollars , something should be done, our government is broke and these felons are running to the bank with our money

billed the program $81,600, just on Internet access for the Williamsburg boys’ divisions

Impossible! The haredim do not believe in the Internet!

happy Purim everybody.

Here is the definition of parasite:

An organism that grows, feeds, and is sheltered on or in a different organism while contributing nothing to the survival of its host.

There you have it...haredim in any country they inhabit. If they truly are seen by non-jews around the world as being representative of judaism in general then I completely understand anti-semitism.

That a criminal minority, from a minority within a minority being used as an excuse to attack an entire minority is the very definition of prejudice (which by definition is unjustified). When someone says "its understandable", perhaps they better clarify such morally ambiguous statements. Are they saying justifiable or not?

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