William Rapfogel made almost $500,000 per year as head of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. He was summarily fired last week after the Met Council board found out Rapfogel was under criminal investigation. What did Rapfogel allegedly do? This…
The New York Daily News reports:
…A source familiar with the situation says that Rapfogel is believed to have purchased insurance policies using council money and then received kickbacks from the insurance agents who sold them.
Another source said the investigation is also centering on Long Island-based insurance company, Century Coverage Corporation, which gave tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to city and state candidates.
This is exactly what I started hearing yesterday. But it also seems that contributions may have been made to favored politicians as part of a quid pro quo agreement of some kind.
And, as I reported yesterday, Century Coverage Corporation is run by a Breslov hasid, Joseph "Yossi" Ross, who is rumored to have been involved in other scams. He is also a senior Breslov lay leader.
The Daily News continues:
Related Post: Met Council On Jewish Poverty Head Fired Amid Criminal Probe.
The offices of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and state Controller Thomas DiNapoli confirmed they are investigating, but refused to say anything more.
The fact DiNapoli is involved means there is a belief that state funds that went to the Council were misused.
The politically powerful Rapfogel was once an aide to Mayor Ed Koch and an assistant city controller for Harrison Goldin.
His wife, Judy, is chief of staff to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.