Brooklyn Rabbi Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering

Saturday, Apr 9, 2011  |  Updated 2:25 PM EDT
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Brooklyn Rabbi Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering

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A Brooklyn rabbi has pleaded guilty to a money laundering conspiracy charge in New Jersey's largest federal corruption sting.

Mordchai Fish, the principal rabbi of Brooklyn's Congregation Sheves Achim, entered his plea Friday in a Trenton courtroom.

Prosecutors say Fish conspired to launder approximately $900,000 he thought was criminal proceeds from Solomon Dwek, an undercover government cooperator posing as a businessman.

According to court filings, Dwek gave Fish checks payable to a religious charity that the rabbi converted into cash to give back to Dwek, minus a 10% commission.

Fish was among 46 people, including five rabbis, arrested in July 2009 in the culmination of a federal investigation into money laundering and public corruption.

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