The photograph is from the FBI, and it’s marked “Evidence”. The caption as it appeared in The Journal News was Rabbi Zalman Beck and state Sen. Malcolm Smith outside L’chaim Manor in Monsey on April 26, 2012. They would be joined by FBI cooperator Moses Stern.
Malcolm Smith is currently serving a seven-year sentence in a Federal prison in Pennsylvania, and Moses Stern waits as the information he gathered against other suspects is still being balanced against his impending sentencing for his part in a $126 million fraud scheme against Citigroup.
That leaves Rabbi Zalman Beck whose role in this part of the federal investigation remains unclear.
Beck’s name surfaced again in Lee Higgins’ Journal story about Judge Sherri Eisenpress’ campaign finances Rockland judge tied to FBI sting. In that piece, the reporter asks the question, “Who is Zalman Beck?” and then maps some connections between Beck and Smith. “Rabbi Zalman Beck, originally from Monsey, introduced Stern to two FBI targets in the Smith sting. Prosecutors have said Beck introduced Stern to Smith and obtained straw donations for him. Beck also introduced Stern to Jasmin (currently serving time in federal prison), her lawyer, Ben Ostrer, has said. Prosecutors have said Beck isn’t knowingly assisting the government, so it’s unclear why he’s involved.”
Higgins then goes on to note appearances by Beck at several Eisenpress campaign events and one of her victory celebrations.
Because the investigations are not completed, clarification might be forthcoming, but Preserve Ramapo has discovered one unusual element in Beck’s background that might be relevant. Rabbi Zalman Beck was officially designated as a Special Assistant to the District Attorney by DA Thomas Zugibe back in January of 2008. Here is a copy of the notarized certification:
First, what were the law-enforcement qualifications, if any, that qualified Beck, and what were the duties, if any, that accompanied the position?
Second, is Zalman Beck today a Special Assistant to the District Attorney? The document does not specify any limits to the service as this same kind of document does for other appointments such as for Criminal Investigator/Detectives. Those papers show a date of the service commencing and finish with the phrase “until revoked.” Beck’s appointment doesn’t have that.
Among the many other loose threads still leading away from the Smith and Eisenpress investigations, it seems fair to assume that the agents involved probably haven’t finished tugging on them to see what else unravels.