New Jersey Rabbi, His Wife Among 8 People Charged with Defrauding Medicaid, Public Assistance Programs of $1.3 MILLION

Rabbi Zalmen Sorotzkin, of Lakewood and his wife, Tzipporah, were taken into custody Monday morning and face charges of theft by deception. PHOTO: Daily Mail/AP
  • Rabbi Zalmen Sorotzkin and wife Tzipporah were one of four couples arrested
  • The couples allegedly defrauded public assistance programs of about $1.3M
  • Also arrested were Mordechai and Jocheved Breskin, Mordechai and Rachel Sorotzkin and Yocheved and Shimon Nussbaum
  • Prosecutor Joseph Coronato said more arrests are expected in the investigation

By Abigail Miller | 26 June 2017

DAILY MAIL — A prominent New Jersey rabbi was one of eight people who have been charged in a conspiracy to defraud Medicaid and other public assistance programs of around $1.3 million, according to police.

Rabbi Zalmen Sorotzkin, of Lakewood, who runs the synagogue Congregation Lutzk and businesses linked to it, was taken into custody and faces charges of theft by deception.

His wife, Tzipporah, and three other couples were also taken into custody during early morning raids of their homes on Monday morning, reported CBS New York.

It is believed that all four couples made tens of thousands of dollars more a year than they reported to public assistance programs, such as Medicaid, police have said. […]

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