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Indictment close for Rabbi Pinto, on money laundering and attempted bribery: reports

November 29, 2012 04:00PM

Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto, advisor to a number of high-profile real estate investors, was arrested in Israel in October, as The Real Deal and others have reported. Now, according to Israeli news website News 2, Israeli law enforcement is close to indicting the Rabbi and his wife for attempting to bribe a police officer in addition to money laundering, the charge for which he was previously arrested.

Pinto reportedly offered $200,000 to Brigadier General Ephraim Bracha, chief of the Police Investigation Division, who was investigating Pinto on suspicion of money laundering. The Rabbi hoped to receive information on the ongoing probe into his affairs, according to a report from Israeli news site Vos Iz Neias.

It appears that Pinto was set up in a sting by Israeli law enforcement, which set up a meeting with Bracha, during which Pinto further implicated himself.

Pinto’s public relations officer, Amir Dan, denied the allegations and said the meeting with Bracha was set up for the Rabbi to disprove the previous allegations against him, Vos Iz Neias said. [Vos Iz Neias via News 2] –Guelda Voien


  • 3CPO

    About time…who else is going down?

  • Scrooged

    Oh no. My fare Rabbi, what have you done?

  • Raging Realtor

    I wonder if there is relation between ian and the general

    • Charlotte

      I was thinking the same thing.

  • Charlotte

    I was at BLU briefly and their Rabbi told me that stealing is not always against the Law…

    In my opinion some of them think they are above the Law.
    Love to see how this case will end up.

  • The Real Real Deal

    Well…. 5 months later…. and as usual the real deal gives false impression about Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto, again just bad naming a holy person for nothing just to serve in the good case! scenario, rating for the website. – time to grow up…