Aaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8553 posts, RR: 27 Posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2217 times:
44 arrests at once? This is massive, even for New Jersey!
Federal prosecutors in the U.S. said the investigation focused on a money laundering network that operated between Brooklyn, N.Y.; Deal, N.J.; 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.
Among the 44 people arrested were the mayors of Hoboken, Ridgefield and Secaucus, Jersey City's deputy mayor, and two state assemblymen. A member of the governor's cabinet resigned after agents searched his home, though he was not arrested. All but one of the officeholders are Democrats.
Also, five rabbis from New York and New Jersey — two of whom lead congregations in Deal — were accused of laundering millions of dollars, some of it from the sale of counterfeit goods and bankruptcy fraud, authorities said.
Others arrested included building and fire inspectors, city planning officials and utilities officials, all of them accused of using their positions to further the corruption.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13460 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2213 times:
I live in New Jersey and this is terrible. It is a very sad situation. It could kill off Gov. Corzine's ability to win a second term and probably means a former fed prosecutor, Republican Christie will.
There is a real danger to people and society in general with such blatant corruption and criminal behaviors by political and social leaders. It turns more people away from choosing to vote, it turns more away from caring about government, it destroys trust. Payoffs may mean projects near peoples' homes they know are wrong and hurt them, especially higher property taxes. The arrest of the several Rabbis encourages greater support of anti-semitism and it supports the horrible stereotypes.
Besides the 44 arrested yesterday and who know how many more yet to be, it means the destruction of their families, several towns and religious organizations as well as many millions in expense. I also hope the prosecutors go after all the bankers and others involved with these criminal acts, they too knew they were involved in destructive crimes. I also hope the guy that was the cooperating witness who made a deal to beat charges of stealing 22 million from a bank in a check fraud, goes to jail for the rest of his life.
It's greed my friend, it's human nature. When I was growing up my grandfather used to tell me that the American frame of mind was that of working hard, earning an honest paycheck, and being a productive member of society.
It seems that this mentality is slowly being replaced by the "make a quick buck" one, earning money the easy way, and not thinking about personal responsibility or consequences to family/society.
Unfortunately, when you combine this mentality with power it's very hard to control. Living in DC I interact with government types all the time, from both parties/ideologies, and they all behave the same way: arrogant as the day, taking advantage of their positions as much as they can, all the while in job positions which sometimes deal directly with our nation's security. It's sometimes enough to make you want to puke!
FuturePilot16 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2035 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2144 times:
Accused of laundering money through jewish charities. The worst kind of people are those that decieve people out of money and making people think that they're doing good for people. Worst of all, our elected officials who lie to us because they know that they can abuse their power.
"The brave don't live forever, but the cautious don't live at all."
Tommy767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2076 times:
it terrible to hear about this but I'm not surprised. NJ is one of the most corrupt states in the US. If you pay taxes in jersey, expect the money to literally be flushed down the toilet. And the fact that the taxes are high and you have to still pay tolls on the highway (which is usually cover in potholes) is ruthless.
Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 1): It could kill off Gov. Corzine's ability to win a second term and probably means a former fed prosecutor, Republican Christie will.
I'm surprised Corzine wasn't one of the 44. He's practically a crook. That guy deserves to loose the election. He's wasted too much of taxpayers money. The legistlature should just give the election to Christie.
Pyrex From Portugal, joined Aug 2005, 4290 posts, RR: 29
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2032 times:
Worse of all, apparently one of the guys involved and arrested yesterday was actually running a little organ traficking operation on the side!
As someone who just a couple of days ago was looking for a place in Hoboken (whose mayor must have beaten a new record - less than a month in office before being arrested on corruption charges) and had to settle with Manhattan for convenience's sake, I will say one thing: at least in New Jersey you know where your money is going - graft and embezzlement. In NYC you pay an extra 4% in taxes just for the privilege of living in that rat-infested hellhole and for what?
Read this very carefully, I shall write this only once!
Tommy767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1938 times:
Quoting Pyrex (Reply 7): I will say one thing: at least in New Jersey you know where your money is going - graft and embezzlement. In NYC you pay an extra 4% in taxes just for the privilege of living in that rat-infested hellhole and for what?