Israel Police are going to recommend filing a criminal indictment against Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto and his wife Devorah for attempted bribery of a police officer and related charges, including money laundering.
Police: Time To Indict ‘Kabbalist’ Rabbi to The Stars
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Israel Police are going to recommend filing a criminal indictment against Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto and his wife Devorah for attempted bribery of a police officer and related charges, including money laundering, Israel HaYom reported.
Pinto, the ‘kabbalist’ to stars, political leaders and wealthy businesspeople both in Israel and the US, was arrested along with his wife in October. The pair were questioned under caution and released under strict restrictive conditions.
Pinto is allegedly under a similar federal investigation in the US for alleged money laundering, fraud related offenses and possible violations of US election law – although neither Pinto or his wife have yet been arrested or charged there.
The Pintos allegedly tried to bribe the head of the Israel Police the National Fraud Unit Brigadier General Ephraim Bracha. The bribery, however was caught on tape.
Pinto’s Hazon Yeshaya charity was caught last year stealing large amounts of donated food earmarked for Holocaust survivors. The charity took the food and sold it on the gray market. Its manager and other staffers allegedly pocketed the money from those sales.
Pinto was also involved in suit that alleged that he and wife defrauded her father out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in shady real estate transactions that netted the Pintos luxury condominiums.
The case was settled out of court, but not before Pinto’s father-in-law, the chief rabbi of Argentina, produced evidence that appeared to show that Pinto was allegedly operating a scheme to defraud.
Three days after Pinto and his wife Devorah were arrested last year, Devorah tried to commit suicide and was hospitalized.