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Rabbi, several others arrested in public benefits fraud case

26 Juin 2017

Rabbi Zalmen Sorotzkin and seven others are being charged, accused of taking public assistance and defrauding the government of $1.3 million over recent years, law enforcement officials told the Asbury Park Press.

The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a raid on four locations in Lakewood, resulting in the arrest of at least eight people - including a rabbi. No one answered the phone there Monday morning.

The defendants would be making an appearance in U.S. District Court in Trenton on Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

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All reside in Lakewood, a town near central New Jersey's shore that is home to a large Orthodox Jewish community.

Yocheved and Shimon Nussbaum hid their income by creating companies that they controlled but that were run by relatives, the complaint alleged. The couple made approximately $265,000 in 2011, more than double the maximum allowed to receive Medicaid benefits and more than triple the maximum for Section 8 benefits, according to the complaint.

Rabbi, several others arrested in public benefits fraud case