Crime

Manchester man guilty of £500k fraud

By Lynda Roughley, May 23, 2008

A Manchester businessman has been convicted of involvement in a huge international “advance fee” fraud.

Michael Rashman was found guilty of a fraud plot after a four-week trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

During the trial, prosecuting QC Jonathan Turner told the court that Rashman was “a clever man — and this was a clever fraud.

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East London hit by anti-Israel graffiti

By Leon Symons, May 23, 2008

Police in East London have appealed for witnesses and information following a rash of anti-Israel graffiti which hit two boroughs last week.

A number of sites in Hackney and Tower Hamlets were attacked with blue and silver paint. Almost all of them carried slogans, such as “Jihad is the only solution for Israel”, “Jihad for Israel” and “Jihad to Tel Aviv”.

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Antisemitic attackers burn man's property in Ireland

By Leon Symons, May 23, 2008

A spate of attacks against a businessman has culminated in antisemitic graffiti being daubed on the wall of his home in a village in County Galway.

Herb Meyer’s car had been set alight twice and now his wall has been sprayed with the words “Jew Go Home” alongside the word “Jew” and a swastika.

German-born Mr Meyer, who lives in the village of Tuam with his partner Armida Walsh, had been dividing his time between the Irish house and his main home in London.

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Fraud man sentenced

May 23, 2008

Raymond Nevitt, the driving force behind a £3.25 million fraud on trade creditors, was given a 45-month prison sentence on Tuesday at Manchester Crown Court. Two other former directors of the Ravelle Group, involved in the fraud, were given suspended sentences.

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Shuls use toilet walls to target domestic abuse

May 23, 2008

Synagogue denominations from Liberal to strictly Orthodox have agreed to give over space on thousands of ladies’ toilet walls to reach victims of domestic violence.

The charity Jewish Women’s Aid has reached agreement to place posters in synagogue toilets all over Britain to alert women victims of domestic abuse to its services. The campaign, to be launched in the next few weeks, is intended to give “a public voice to a private problem”, according to JWA chief executive Abigail Morris.

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Battle returns to put Nazi ‘Ivan the Terrible’ in the dock

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 23, 2008

After 20 years of legal wrangling, the Nazi war criminal may be extradited

Jewish and Israeli organisations are planning to pressure the Ukrainian government to request the extradition of Nazi death-camp guard Ivan John Demjanjuk, who lost his fight against a deportation order from the United States this week.

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Man jailed for stabbing rabbi

May 23, 2008

A Frankfurt court sentenced a 23-year-old to three-and-a-half years for stabbing a rabbi last September. Sajed Aziz, who denied that he was motivated by antisemitism, was found guilty of serious bodily injury to Rabbi Zalman Gurevitch, 43.

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Police arrest crime’s Mr Wig

By Simon Round, May 23, 2008

Police in the Israeli town of Bnei Brak this week apprehended a 20-year-old man who allegedly stole 50 sheitels.

This was no hair-brained scheme. The man, a yeshivah student, could have expected to sell the wigs for £250 each .

However, his scheme was, er, uncovered  when the man hid his stash in the communal storeroom at his block of flats where a neighbour discovered them and reported him to the police.

The man was thought to be acting alone and police are not thought to be looking for the bigwig behind the operation.

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Charedi man denied bail

May 16, 2008

A charedi man was denied bail last week despite a £1-million surety offer. US-born Avram Freisel, 55, who lives in Stamford Hill, appeared at an extradition hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

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US kosher factory raided

May 16, 2008

America's biggest kosher meat-packing plant was raided by immigration and customs officers this week seeking illegal immigrants. The Agriprocessors complex in Postville, Iowa, was established in 1987 by a butcher from Brooklyn Heights in New York, who arrived in Postville with some 200 Chasidim. More than 1,000 people work at the plant and there were thought to have been scores of arrests carried out by officials in the raid.

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