Crime

Guilty plea for man who harassed the Jewish Chronicle

By Jennifer Lipman, March 28, 2011

A man has pleaded guilty to racially aggravated harassment against the Jewish Chronicle.

William James Hannaford of Euston pleaded guilty to one charge at the Old Bailey on Monday morning.

During a three month period last year Hannaford phoned the Jewish Chronicle office hundreds of times, shouting about “dirty rotten Jews” and “Jewish cockroaches".

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St John’s Wood alarm shooter sentenced

By Robyn Rosen, March 28, 2011

A multi-millionaire businessman who shot his neighbour's fire alarm to stop it ringing in the middle of the night has been sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid community service.

Peter Shalson, 53, was investigated by police after a shotgun was fired at the property next to his detached home in St John’s Wood, north west London, in January 2010.

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Bribes-case solicitor is ordered to forfeit £90m

By Jessica Elgot, March 24, 2011

Solicitor Jeffrey Tesler has been ordered to forfeit £90 million and faces 10 years in prison after pleading guilty at a US court for helping to bribe Nigerian officials to get £4 billion in building contracts.

Mr Tesler, 63, from Hendon, who has joint Israeli and British nationality, tried to obtain contracts in natural gas facilities on behalf of Texan company Kellogg, Brown and Root.

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Jail or the Mob? Tough choice for diamond dealer

By Ellen Tumposky, March 24, 2011

A Jewish diamond dealer has begged a New York City judge to let him remain in prison rather than face retribution for testifying against a member of the Mafia.

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Armed robbery at Edgware kosher deli

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2011

Staff at a kosher delicatessen were held up at gunpoint during an armed robbery this morning.

Police were called to Noshers Smoked Salmon Company in Edgware, north west London, at around 8.45am after two men threatened them with a handgun and demanded money.

Firearms officers arrived at the scene but the men had already fled empty-handed after staff refused to hand over cash.

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Five years in jail for Cairo synagogue bomber

By Jennifer Lipman, March 23, 2011

A man who attempted to blow up a Cairo synagogue has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Gamal Hussein tried to bomb the Shaar Hashamayim synagogue, a historic building in downtown Cairo.

In February 2010 he threw a suitcase full of explosives across from a hotel room, but the plan failed when the suitcase caught fire but fell short of the synagogue itself.

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'Nigerian bribe' lawyer pleads guilty at US court

By Jessica Elgot, March 18, 2011

British lawyer Jeffrey Tesler must forfeit £90m and faces up to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty at a US court of helping to bribe Nigerian officials to get £4bn in construction contracts.

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Five arrests after theft spree

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 11, 2011

Greater Manchester Police say they have made arrests and stopped a spate of burglaries which have terrified Jewish residents in Prestwich.

Over the past two weeks eight burglaries have been reported affecting mainly Jewish homes. Some have taken place on the same night, just streets apart.

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How a synagogue leader helped gangs stash millions

By Robyn Rosen, March 10, 2011

A businessman who ran a corrupt safe deposit company which had millions of pounds worth of criminal assets seized has been jailed for four and a half years.

Milton Woolf, former chairman of the rabbinic search committee at New London Synagogue, charged criminals up to £70,000 to stash their loot in deposit boxes "with no questions asked".

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Diamond dealer pleads for prison

By Ellen Tumposky, March 10, 2011

A Jewish diamond dealer begged a New York City judge last week to let him remain in prison rather than face retribution for testifying against a mafioso.

Brian Greenwald, former president of Doppelt & Greenwald in Manhattan's Diamond District, made the plea at his sentencing at Manhattan Federal Court last week.

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