Rabbi, several others arrested in public benefits fraud case

Rabbi, several others arrested in public benefits fraud case

The federal criminal complaint against them is expected to be unsealed Monday.

A rabbi is among several people in New Jersey who were arrested Monday in raids by federal and state authorities in a multimillion-dollar welfare fraud investigation.

Zalmen Sorotzkin, a rabbi who runs the Congregation Lutzk synagogue and its connecting businesses, faces charges of theft by deception in the Ocean County Superior Court.

In exchange, they were able to qualify for Medicaid, Section 8 housing assistance, food stamps, Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income, the Asbury Park Press reported.

Even though they made an income of over $1 million in 2012 and 2013, the Sorotzkins continued to use their Medicaid cards and allegedly got $96,000 in taxpayer-funded medical care.

Court officials said Rabbi Zalmen Sorotzkin, his wife and another couple were to appear in court Monday afternoon.

“Financial assistance programs are created to alleviate family hardships for those truly in need”.

The complaint charges Yocheved and Shimon Nussbaum, and Mordechai and Rachel Sorotzkin with illegally underreporting their incomes so they could receive the benefits. “My office gave clear guidance and notice to the Lakewood community in 2015 of what is considered financial abuse of these programs”, Coronato said in a statement. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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