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Former Top ZOA Official Sues Mort Klein, Alleging Financial Misconduct

Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) president Morton A. Klein. PHOTO: Times of Israel/ Joseph Savetsky/Courtesy of ZOA

By Josh Nathan-Kazis | 28 July 2018

FORWARD — In a lawsuit filed Friday, the former executive director of the Zionist Organization of America accused its longtime president, Mort Klein, of taking secret off-the-books payments from donors, sabotaging the group’s tax exemption to hide his inflated salary, and retaliating after the former executive director blew the whistle on his alleged misconduct.

The July 26 suit also charges that a long-time board member quit in protest last year after Klein refused to abide by a decision of the organization’s investment committee, and that a second board member left over governance issues.

The ZOA fired the former executive director, David Drimer, in November 2017, days after he says he sent a letter to the office of the New York State Attorney General alleging misconduct at the organization.

In the suit, Drimer alleges that he was retaliated against for reporting suspected wrongdoing to ZOA lawyers and the attorney general, and demands $3.4 million in damages. […]

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