“Decades before Wednesday’s raids struck yeshivas throughout Ramapo, another educational institution was rocked by a scandal connected with Rockland’s ultra-Orthodox community. A federal investigation into the theft of tens of millions of dollars by New Square officials and residents started in 1993 with a $11.6 million scam to steal college assistance involving a mentoring program through Rockland Community College. The probe resulted in the 1999 convictions of three New Square men and a Brooklyn man for conspiring with other Hasidic Jewish community leaders to steal millions of dollars from federal government anti-poverty programs since the 1970s. Federal prosecutors said the four men and others submitted phony documents with phantom names to federal agencies to get millions of dollars from programs for education, housing and small businesses.” Full story here.
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