Saturday, July 25, 2009

Want a fake Gucci handbag...or a kidney? Go to New Jersey

From the Daily Mail in UK:

"More than 40 people, among them rabbis, mayors and other elected officeholders, have been arrested for corruption in New Jersey.

The accusations range from laundering tens of millions of dollars to black-market trafficking of kidneys and fake Gucci handbags....Federal prosecutors in the U.S. said the investigation focused on a money laundering network that operated between Brooklyn, New York, Deal, New Jersey, and Israel.

The network is alleged to have laundered tens of millions of dollars through Jewish charities controlled by rabbis in New York and New Jersey.

'New Jersey's corruption problem is one of the worst, if not the worst, in the nation,' said Ed Kahrer, who heads the FBI's white-collar and public corruption division. 


The arrests became headline news in Israel today, with the country's mass-circulation dailies featuring pictures of bearded ultra-Orthodox Jews being led away by law enforcement officials.

Among the 44 people arrested were the mayors of Hoboken, Ridgefield and Secaucus, Jersey City's deputy mayor, and two state assemblymen."

And if you want to know the details of the organ trafficking, read Cannonfire's blog:

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