Posted at 12:56 pm CST. Updated at 3:45 pm CST.
Haredi Mega-Thief Eliyahu Weinstein Gets 22-Year Sentence
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Haredi mega-thief Eliyahu Weinstein has just been sentenced to 22-years in federal prison – 20-years for count one and 2-year for count 2, a source close to case has just told FailedMessiah.com.
In addition, Judge Joel Pisano also sentenced Weinstein to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay restitution of $215.4 million and forfeiture of $215.4 million – a total of $430.8 million.
Weinstein, who pleaded guilty and then spent months trying to vacate that plea, showed no remorse.
Weinstein's assets will go through forfeiture and he is required to make restitution to his victims – which he has so far refused to do.
A classmate of Weinstein told the court Weinstein was abused as a child in an attempt to get a lighter sentence. The judge, however, rejected that attempt.
When the sentence was handed down, Weinstein's family jumped up and began shouting at the judge and prosecutors, calling them liars. Court officers then removed Weinstein's family from the courtroom.
Weinstein was also deemed to be a flight risk and may not be allowed to serve his prison sentence in Otisville, the federal prison favored by haredi prisoners – although this is not yet clear.
Weinstein is facing as much as 240 years in prison in another fraud case allegedly committed while he was out on bail on the charges he was sentenced for today.
Estimates by people close to these cases are that Weinstein stole almost $1 billion dollars all told.
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