Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto and his wife (who tried to kill herself earlier today – please see my previous post) have been arrested for bribery of a police officer and money laundering. Haredi kabbalist and miracle worker rabbis, mostly but not completely Sefardim, are feared to be at the heart of a network of shadowy figures who launder money and bribe police, helping evidence against criminals 'disappear' and allowing wanted criminals to escape. The going rate for a cop to lose evidence in a major crime? 200,000 NIS. And the kicker is that up to 1/3 of the money paid these haredi 'miracle' kabbalist rabbis allegedly goes to organized crime.
Originally published at 9:14 pm CDT 10-14-2012
You can read some of the details in Hebrew on Inyan Merkazi.
How much do you think it would take to make sure that a wanted criminal or two from Agriprocessors is not found?
And if one of them is finally located – at home on Kfar Kana where he had been foralmost three years – how much do you think it would cost to delay or stop extradition?
And if you're Avrohom Mondrowitz, a Gerrer hasid from a wealthy and connected Gerrer family who is very close to the richest rabbi in the world, the Gerrer Rebbe – who also happens to have the abillty to bring down government and split the United Torah Judaism part in two at a moment's notice – how much would it cost to stop your extradition to Brooklyn on many charges of child rape?
Israel Police had evidence that Mondrowitz was trading in child porn and was running an illegal degree mill, but they didn't do anything about it – even when they obtained a copy of Mondrowitz's hard drive.
Mondrowitz walked free until Ha'aretz did an exposé on him, which prompted the arrest.
Follow the money. Follow the illegal political deals. Follow the trail of stench all the way to the rabbis, top cops and political leaders.
Follow it and you'll know the truth.