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How Houses of Worship Became Hotbeds of Graft

3 monthes ago   |   By The New Republic

No one wants to talk about the business of religion. But it's time we do. Last week, the FBI arrested Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein in Poway, California, for having received at least $6.2 million in fake contributions to his synagogue and affiliated charities and secretly refunding up to 90 percent of the donations to the “donors.” Those donors, in turn, used the counterfeit receipts to illegally claim huge tax deductions for their nonexistent donations; Goldstein skimmed about 10 percent of the take-more than half a million dollars-for himself. It was a tidy bit of graft: using the synagogue as...
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