By Tom Tugend, April 7, 2009
A Brooklyn rabbi has been jailed for two years after pleading guilty to a tax fraud and money laundering scheme.
Rabbi Moshe Zigelman was key to a conspiracy which used five charities of the ultra-Orthodox Spinka group as fronts. Contributors received receipts for large sums which they wrote off on their tax returns. Then they were secretly repaid most of the cash.
In 2006 alone, Zigelman helped solicit more than $8.5 million (£5.3m), of which just $750,000 (£500,000) was kept by charities.