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Rabbi Pinto breaks silence on bribery charges

September 12, 2013 03:49PM

Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto, a spiritual adviser to many of the New York City real estate industry’s movers and shakers, spoke out for the first time about the money laundering and attempted bribery charges he faces.

The rabbi spoke with Israel’s 2 News in an exclusive interview.

Pinto allegedly offered $200,000 to an Israeli chief of police, who was investigating him for money laundering. The exchange, Pinto said, was about “helping a friend.”

“There is a misunderstanding of what happened,” he told 2 News in Hebrew, which The Real Deal translated. “It is prohibited to bribe. It is a very serious offense in the Torah.”

Not only is bribery prohibited, the rabbi told 2 News, “it is prohibited to tell a person to accept something that will hasten making justice.”

Asked why, in that case, someone would press charges against him, the rabbi declined to comment. [2 News]Julie Strickland

  • aaa

    the link to the article you posted is about rabbi pinto meeting the iranian president, no mention of bribes

  • LeighKampingCarder

    Thanks for the heads up, aaa. We’ve corrected.

  • criij

    Wow you mean the 10 times in the past Pinto has committed crimes all of them were mistakes. Yes that makes sense. Liar con artist with a beard.

  • Former Donor

    Be careful with Rabbi Pinto’s organization especially his “secretaries” and other assistants. They also ask for money saying they represent the Rabbi and promise it will bring good luck. They bring gifts saying it is a personal gift from the Rabbi and he wants thousands of dollars for it. If you are successful, it is because of the Rabbi and if you fail it is because you do not have enough belief (emunah) in the Rabbi. Regardless, they will ask for more and more money until you realize it is a scam and then deny everything they told you and move on to the next victim…