Brooklyn Rabbi Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering - NBC New York

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.