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June 02, 2011

Rabbi Gets Probation in N.J. Charity Money-Laundering Case

An 89-year-old rabbi caught up in New Jersey's largest corruption probe was sentenced Wednesday to two years of unsupervised probation for laundering money through a charity he controlled, the Associated Press reports. Rabbi Saul Kassin, the spiritual leader of the Syrian Jewish community centered in New Jersey and New York, pleaded guilty in March to using his Magen Israel Society to funnel money illegally to Israel.

U.S. District Judge Joel Pisano cited the defendant's age in sparing him a prison sentence but ordered Mr. Kassin to pay a $36,750 fine and refused the rabbi's request to return nearly $370,000 he had previously agreed to forfeit but said in court he wanted to give to charity. Mr. Kassin was among several Orthodox rabbis and dozens of government officials charged in an FBI sting operation that was investigating criminal activities.