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Rabbi Pinto’s wife said to have disappeared

Devorah Pinto reportedly went missing from medical facility in Argentina
August 08, 2014 11:00AM

Devorah Pinto, wife of embattled Rabbi Yosef Yoshiyahu Pinto, reportedly disappeared in Argentina.

According to several Israeli media outlets, the woman disappeared from a medical facility in Buenos Aires. Fears have been raised that she was kidnapped from the hospital.

The rabbi, who’s facing corruption charges in Israel after allegedly attempting to bribe senior police officer Ephraim Bracha, reportedly counts New York developers Haim Binstock, Stonehenge Partners’ Ofer Yardeni and the Sapir Organization’s Zina Sapir among his followers. Ben Zion Suky is a close aide.

Pinto was arrested after millions of dollars connected to his real estate investments disappeared. Bracha is now a commander on Israel’s National Fraud Squad.

In return, Pinto has claimed that he was the victim of extortion and was instructed to deliver the suitcase with cash to Bracha. [Israel National News] — Claire Moses