Thursday, May 18, 2017

Another Fake Chief Rabbi Found Guilty of Corruption

Former chief rabbi of Israel convicted of corruption 

Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron found guilty of knowingly providing false education documentation to members of the security forces, thus making them eligible for extra pay; crimes occurred during Bakshi-Doron's tenure as chief rabbi.
Former Chief Rabbi of Israel Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron was convicted Monday of fraudulently obtaining benefits, attempting to fraudulently obtain benefits, providing false identification and breach of trust.
Bakshi-Doron was indicted in 2012 along with several other Chief Rabbinate officials for issuing 1,500 false Torah education certificates to members of the security forces, making them eligible for pay raises.

Bakshi-Doron's trial lasted for more than four years and the offenses attributed to him were committed more than 15 years ago, during his tenure as Chief Rabbi of Israel.

Former Chief Rabbi of Israel, Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron (Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg) (Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg)
Former Chief Rabbi of Israel, Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron
In Court On Monday

Throughout the trial, Bakshi-Doron and his defense have maintained his innocence and have been trying to have the charges against him dropped for a variety of reasons, including the rabbi's medical condition.

The indictment alleges that from 1999-2003, Rabbi Yitzhak Ohana, Director of the Rabbinical Examinations and Accreditation Department, was asked either directly or through intermediaries to issue certificates to members of the security forces who studied at various colleges.

The fraudulent documents contained false information regarding the true scope of the supposed studies, including credits, hours studied, and past and future academic activities.

According to the indictment, Rabbi Ohana eventually approached Rabbi Bakshi-Doron and requested assistance in dealing with the issuing of the fake certificates. Bakshi-Doron instructed Ohana to issue members of the security forces certificates for higher-level religious education and "turn a blind eye" to the criteria in order to "close the matter."

Initially, the State Attorney's Office cleared Bakshi-Doron of the suspicions against him and informed him that the case had been closed.

However, five years later, following trials of additional suspects and new information related to Bakshi-Doron, the State Attorney's Office reopened the case against him, leading to Monday's conviction.

He is the second former chief rabbi to be convicted of fraud this year after former Ashkenazi chief rabbi Yona Metzger pleaded guilty to fraud, theft, conspiracy, breach of trust, money laundering, tax offenses and accepting bribes involving some NIS 10 million ($2.6 million) under a plea bargain. Metzger is currently serving a 3.5-year prison sentence at Ma’asiyahu Prison in the central Israeli town of Ramle.

Former Israel chief rabbi Yona Metzger at the Jerusalem District Court on Monday, January 30, 2017 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Former Israel chief rabbi Yona Metzger at the Jerusalem District Court



Joe Putz said...

Isn't Bakshish the Arabic / Sfardi / Israeli slang word for bribe money?

How much prison time is he looking at?

Monsey said...

Tuesday's school board elections showed a lot of incredible hypocrisy.

The heimisher candidates B"H beat the anteh-Semitt candidates by a 2 to one margin.

But increasing funding for allah shtussim mit lukshin bird courses, etc, failed by a much larger 10 to 1 margin!

This means that many of the screaming, frothing at the mouth anti-Semites who accuse Yidden of squeezing every red cent out of public schools are a bunch of GREEDY HYPOCRITICAL LIARS who wholeheartedly joined in on keeping money in their own wallets instead of giving it to the Black & Mexican children.

And the Monsey yeshivos who demanded for their own SELFISH reasons that the heimisher parents should give up more of their money for lukshin public school bird courses should be ashamed of themselves. Because when the budget is voted down, the State can still increase the budget but without raising the local tax levy which they are prohibited by law from doing. So even though it is quite likely that the public schools will still get their lukshin after all, the SELFISH yeshivos were quick to demand that we make sure to pay for it instead of the State, just to make it 100% zicher that the yeshivos don't have to deal with a few extra days of carpool management.

Sarek said...

2 Chief Rabbis convicted in just a few months? Who runs this place, the New York State Legislature?

Obviously, there's something wrong either with the selection process, or the types of people who seek this job.