William E. Rapfogel, who stole millions of dollars from the Jewish poor, is now on work release, the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision confirmed today. Rapfogel served just over one year of a 3-1/3 to 10 year sentence and could be paroled in November 2017. Until then, he'll be able to go home for extended weekend stays and will spend much of each day free in Manhattan.
Above: William E. Rapfogel
Was The Fix In? Slick Willie Rapfogel Gets Work Release, Home Visits, After Serving Just Over One Year In Prison For Stealing Millions From Jewish Poor
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
It's a happy Thanksgiving for Slick Willie but a sad one for New York City's Jewish poor.
William E. Rapfogel, the Modern Orthodox wunder kid who stole millions of dollars from the Jewish poor, is now on work release, the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision confirmed today, Time Warner Cable’s State of Politics reported.
Rapfogel, the former executive director of Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, stole millions of dollars from the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty over a 20 year timespan.
But stealing millions from the poor doesn’t earn you much in way of hard prison time if you’re closely connected to a string of New York politicians, some of whom appear to have benefitted from Rapfogel’s embezzlement and kickback scheme although state prosecutors did not put much effort in proving it.
Tuesday, Rapfogel was transferred from prison to the Lincoln Correctional Facility in Harlem. By the end of next week, the man known as Slick Willie will begin work release.
Rapfogel was sentenced to 3 1/3 to 10 years in prison on July 23, 2014 and paid $3 million in restitution. He is eligible for parole as early as November 2017, meaning Rapfogel’s total time in real prison was just over one year.
From now until his parole, Rapfogel will be able to leave the Haarlem facility every day for work. He is also now allowed one weekend home visit and can apply for extended furloughs which would allow him to spend larger blocks of time at home each week.