Did Skvere hasidic leaders offer Aron Rottenberg, the New Square dissident grievously burned in an arson attack allegedly carried out by the Skvere Rebbe's butler, close to $2 million dollars to drop the criminal charges against that butler?
The New Square Fix Is Allegedly (Almost) In
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
The fix, it seems, is almost in.
Shaul Spitzer, the 18-year-old haus bucher (butler/gopher) of the Skvere Rebbe, David Twersky, allegedly tried to murder New Square dissident Aron Rottenberg and his family just after 4:00 am on Lag Ba'omer last May by burning them alive.
Spitzer was charged with attempted murder and arson.
Nine days ago, I reported that Spitzer had turned down a plea deal offered by prosecutors. The deal would have seen Spitzer sentenced to 13 years in prison. He could be sentenced to 25 years if the case goes to trial and he is found guilty.
I also reported that because of the overwhelming evidence aginst Spitzer, there were fears that Spitzer's refusal to accept the plea bargain meant that Skvere leadership had made arrangements for Spitzer to flee the country.
Now a reliable source close to Skvere leaders tells me that Aron Rottenberg has been offered $1.6 million dollars by Skvere leaders to drop criminal charges against Spitzer.
This source says that Rottenberg is negotiating with these leaders and is expected agree to a deal soon.
A different source familiar with the status of the criminal case against Spitzer believes the deal might work like this:
1. Rottenberg would be paid a large amount of money under the table in cash.
2. He would also be paid an amount of money above the table as a settlement for his civil suit against Spitzer.
3. Other forms of compensation, perhaps involving Rottenberg-owned property in New Square, may also be in the works.
4. In return for these payments, Rottenberg would refuse to cooperate with the criminal prosecution of Spitzer, would drop the civil suit against him, and would agree to not pursue any lawsuits or other actions against Skvere, its institutions or the Skvere Rebbe.
Rottenberg suffered third degree burns over more than 50% of his body in the Lag Ba'omer attack.
Rottenberg could not be reached for comment.