The Real Deal New York

Amid investigation, Rabbi Pinto flies to Israel

January 14, 2014 06:34PM

Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto, the real estate adviser accused of attempting to bribe an Israeli police officer, is leaving house arrest for Israel this weekend as part of the ongoing investigation.

Pinto, the head of a New York-based nonprofit called Mosdot Shuva Israel and an advisor to several high-profile real estate figures, was arrested after millions of dollars connected to his real estate investments disappeared, as The Real Deal previously reported.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein told Haaretz more serious charges could still be brought against Pinto.

Pinto’s nonprofit was under investigation when he allegedly offered a roughly $57,000 bribe to Ephraim Bracha, a senior police officer who is now the commander of Israel’s National Fraud Squad, for information on the case.

Pinto claims that he was a victim of extortion and was instructed to deliver a suitcase full of money to Bracha, as The Real Deal previously reported[Haaretz] — Angela Hunt

  • Jojo

    The end is finally near for the con artist of NY rabbis. Lets hope they get him and keep him.

    • K2theIzo

      So many to go.

  • Sharon

    One would think that after the storm you created by
    featuring a lead story about the richest Jewish developers in New York you
    might have learned to be a bit more sensitive and stop focusing and obsessing
    about things Jewish.

    Today, your focus and lead is on a Rabbi Pinto. Two days ago
    it was on Menachim Stark.

    Do you really think this is important news to the New York
    real estate community?

    This city is the center of the global financial industry and
    I question why in the Stark story you included a photo of a Hassidic man and
    woman (with no caption) pinching the cheek of a young boy. What in the world
    has that got to do with real estate?

    • Shai

      Let them write, no one reads this and even more so no one believes them. Last year it was Muslims, a year before that it was Hispanics, a bunch of racists!