Amrom Mendlovitz Pleads Guilty to 5 Child Molesting Felonies

scales of justice and childAmrom LebMendlovitz pled guilty to 5 felony counts of child sex abuse on July 13, 2017. He was born in 1993 and is 23 or 24 years old. Mendlovitz was arrested on June 24, 2015 (84th command, citation #K15647378) for crimes committed in 2013. The arrest was reported at the time in the Failed Messiah blog a copy of which can now be found in “The List” of offenders at Protect Jewish Kids website.

Under the plea deal, Mendlovitz is not being sentenced for the most serious charge, “A course of sexual conduct with a child.” That charge involves acts over an extended period of time. Instead he is being sentenced for 5 counts of attempting a course of sexual conduct which are E Felonies, not D felonies. This allows for much shorter sentences and parole.

The terms of the plea deal are not public at this time. It is not clear if there will be parole or sex offender registry. In all likelihood, we will not find out the sentence deal until the the actual court date and even then, only if  an advocate or reporter is able to be in the court room or willing to pursue the written records in the court house.

The Brooklyn DA, Eric Gonzalez loves publicizing his crime busting as part of his campaign to get another term in office. But when it comes to Haredi sex offenders he speaks בקול דממה דקה

Stacey Richman, Nechemya WebermanMendlovitz’s attorney is Richman according to the records. I am guessing that would be Stacey Richman who cut her teeth as co-counsel defending Nechemya Weberman in 2012. The ADA is B. Brodzinski.

Sentencing is scheduled for Tuesday, August 8, in front of Judge M. D’emic in Kings County Supreme Court, 320 Jay, 11201.

If you have information about him such as where he hangs out and what he looks like, please share it with me so we can publicize it to alert others at risk of harm by him.

S.I. Shul Wins $1M Court Battle Against Kars4Kids Group | Jewish Week

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of the State of New York granted permission to the Young Israel of Eltingville, a small 40-year-old Modern Orthodox congregation, to vacate an arbitration award from a religious court stipulating that the synagogue owes Oorah, the Lakewood, N.J.-based outreach organization that operates Kars4Kids, $1 million. The arbitration award, had it been enforced, would likely have forced the congregation to foreclose on its building and surrender all of its assets to Oorah.

“We were pleased with the court’s decision, which recognized that even if Mr. Stadler were president, he did not have authority to unilaterally act, without approval of the board of directors,” the synagogue’s attorney, Solomon Rubin, told The Jewish Week in an email.

S.I. Shul Wins $1M Court Battle Against Kars4Kids Group

Six men busted for swiping $270G from American Express through defunct Brooklyn shell company

Six men busted for swiping $270G from American Express through defunct Brooklyn shell company

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Samuel Berkovits, 50, appears at his arraignment in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday, June 29, 2017.

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Six men stole $270,000 from American Express through an elaborate scam using a Brooklyn shell company, prosecutors said Thursday.

Five of the accused rip-off artists were arraigned and pleaded not guilty to grand larceny charges in Manhattan Supreme Court.

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Yehuda Tyrnauer, 29, is accused in the scheme of filtering fraudulent transactions through a bogus corporation.

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They are accused of filtering fraudulent transactions through a bogus corporation called 92K Blvd. between November 2013 and January 2014.

Defendants Yehuda Tyrnauer, 29, Naftali Safern, 30, Moshe Pomerantsev, 22, Bezalel Mermelstein, 40, and Samuel Berkovits, 50, allegedly used personal credit cards to initiate transactions with 92K Blvd.-affiliated accounts.

NYPD cop steals fellow officer’s credit card, has shopping spree

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Moshe Pomerantsev, 22, appears at his arraignment.

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Israel Fischer, 62, owned the AmEx merchant account linked to the fake company, prosecutors said.

After making purchases for electronics and other goods, the crew requested refunds from AmEx but the credit giant could not recover the funds they had issued to the cardholders because 92K Blvd. was actually defunct and there were insufficient funds in the account, the Manhattan DA said.

SHOLOM LAMM pleads guilty

Guilty Plea in Conspiracy to Corrupt Electoral Process in Bloomingburg

June 6, 2017

WHITE PLAINS – Shalom Lamm pled guilty to conspiracy to corrupt the electoral process, in connection with an election in Bloomingburg, NY.

Lamm pled guilty Jun. 6, before United States District Judge Vincent Briccetti in White Plains federal court.

Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said, “As he has now admitted, Shalom Lamm conspired to advance his real estate development project by corrupting the democratic process, specifically by falsely registering voters. The integrity of our electoral process must be inviolate at every level; our democracy depends on it.”

According to the allegations contained in the Indictment, as well as statements made in related court filings and proceedings:

Starting in 2006, Shalom Lamm, a real estate developer, sought to build and sell real estate in Bloomingburg, New York. From these real estate development projects, Lamm and others hoped for and anticipated making hundreds of millions of dollars. But by late 2013, the first of their real estate developments had met local opposition, and still remained under construction and uninhabitable. When met with resistance, rather than seek to advance their real estate development project through legitimate means, Lamm and others instead decided to corrupt the democratic electoral process in Bloomingburg by falsely registering voters and paying bribes for voters who would help elect public officials favorable to their project.

Specifically, in advance of an election in March 2014 for Mayor of Bloomingburg and other local officials, Lamm and others, and people working on their behalf, developed and worked on a plan to falsely register numerous people who were not entitled to register and vote in Bloomingburg because they actually lived elsewhere. Those people included some who never intended to live in Bloomingburg, some who had never kept a home in Bloomingburg, and indeed, some who had never set foot in Bloomingburg in their lives. Lamm and others took steps to cover up their scheme to register voters who did not actually live in Bloomingburg by, among other things, creating and back-dating false leases and placing items like toothbrushes and toothpaste in unoccupied apartments to make it seem as if the falsely registered voters lived there.

Lamm and others also bribed potential voters by offering payments, subsidies, and other items of value to get non-residents of Bloomingburg to register unlawfully and vote there.

Lamm, 57, of Bloomingburg, New York, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to corrupt the electoral process, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. The maximum potential sentence in this case is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.

Lamm’s sentencing is scheduled for September 28, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

Co-defendant Kenneth Nakdimen pled guilty on May 25, 2017, to one count of conspiracy to corrupt the electoral process. His sentencing is scheduled for September 9, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

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3 Rabbis Endorse Tznius Rules

Crown Heights Rabbis are backing a set of modesty rules for women and girls detailed by fellow rabbis in Israel.

Crown Heights Beis Din Rabbis Avrohom OsdobaShlomo Segal and Yitzchok Raitport have signed a letter of support to new guidelines for women’s dress.

A letter in English and Hebrew accompanies the “standardized Tznius guidelines,” compiled by Nshei Ubnos Chabad, which was mailed to all the homes in the neighborhood.

“Tznius of a woman is not merely a matter between her and G-d, but rather a matter that affects her entire household,” they wrote. “Moreover, the Tznius of a woman affects not only her but also her offspring for generations to come.”

For this reason, they “join our names to the standardized Tznius guidelines issued by Rabbonei Chabad of Eretz Hakodesh on Rosh Chodesh Elul 5775.”

The guidelines include a list of items of clothing which should and should not be worn by women and girls in the neighborhood.

The guidelines range from general: “clothes should be respectable and tasteful, with colors and patterns that are not highly unusual, and made of materials that do not cling to the body, are not transparent, and are not the same color as the body,” to specific: “The skirt should be at least 10 centimeters – 4 inches – over the knee.”

Some other guidelines include color of nail polish – “natural color of nail,” length of wig – “should not reach past the shoulders,” and shoes – “should not draw attention and should reach up only to the ankle.”

These guidelines were originally instituted in Israel, and signed on by Israeli Rabbonim Rabbis Zev Dov SlonimYitzchok Y. YeruslavskyAvrohom Michoel HalperinYosef HechtEliyahu Yochanan Gurary and Menachem Mendel Gluckowsky.

A recent list of similar guidelines, instituted by Crown Heights girls school Bnos Menachem, was shared in the media, many complaining the school was overstepping its role.

Another CSY and OU worker pleads guilty

Another NCSY and OU worker pleads guilty
A 40-year-old private school teacher has admitted molesting two children in a plea deal that will spare him from serving time in prison.

Menachem A. Chinn, of East Windsor, pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

The plea comes months after he was first arrested in April after a former student accused him of molesting him in his home in 2012.

After that accusation hit the news, a second victim came forward and said Chinn had molested him numerous times in 2010 and 2011.

Both victims were underage at the time of the crimes, but are now adults.

On Friday, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office said Chinn had admitted to touching the genitals of one of the students at his East Windsor home and having another student touch Chinn’s genitals at Shalom Torah Academy in Marlboro.

As part of the plea, Chinn faces a five-year suspended prison sentence when he appears before a judge in Trenton on Oct. 13. But prosecutors say he also will be subjected to parole supervision for life, will have to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law, will be barred from working as a teacher, will not be allowed unsupervised contact with minors, and will be required to undergo a psychological evaluation to determine whether he needs treatment.

Plea deals are often reached in sexual abuse cases in order to spare victims from public trials.

In addition to working as a 6th and 7th grade math teacher and youth religious group leader at Shalom Torah Academy, Chinn was the Twin Rivers chapter director for NCSY, a Teaneck-organization that supports Jewish teenagers.

NCSY placed Chinn on leave after his April arrest, pending the outcome of the charges. Shalom Torah Academy did not return New Jersey 101.5’s requests for comment in April and May, but the school removed his name from their website.

Sergio Bichao is deputy digital editor at New Jersey 101.5. Send him news tips: Call 609-359-5348 or email

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למה לא זועקים???

מאת זועק

קראתי את כתב האישום נגד בן דוד ואני פשוט בוכה ומזועזע עד עמקי נשמתי, ואני שואל עד מתי יהיו בנות ישראל למשיסה, למה עוד לא מבינים שעדיף לעזוב את הכולל ולהחזיק פלאפון לא כשר והעיקר שלא לתת לבנות ונשים מסכנות לעבוד עם גברים? מי יודע בעוד כמה מקומות מתרחשים כאלו דברים נוראיים, וגם אני לא מצליח להבין איך זה שבעל לא מרגיש שעובר על אשתו משהו בעבודה? איך זה שאשה לא מספרת לבעלה כאלו דברים?

Op-Ed: It Just Ain’t Worth It

Op-Ed: It Just Ain’t Worth It

Following the recent rash of arrests in Lakewood over Medicaid and welfare fraud, an anonymous member of the Orthodox-Jewish community in the tri-state area penned the following op-ed to the broader community, laying out the case for keeping things kosher.

The op-ed is written in the form of a letter from “Kalman Ha’Ksil” (Kalman the Fool) to his friend “Chanoch Ha’Chochom” (Chanoch the Wise Man).

Dear Chanoch Ha’Chochom,

You’re a smart guy. Young and newly employed with a long future ahead of you; a future full of tough choices.

Let me tell you a bit about me, Kalman Ha’Ksil (Kalman the ‘Fool’):

I am employed in a full-time position and earn $75,000 in cash (‘off the books’). I do not pay any income or payroll taxes. I receive Medicaid, Foodstamps, and WIC all while living in a Section 8 apartment.

You may have heard of me and my ilk and assume we live the good life – receiving all of the government benefits while evading paying taxes to the IRS, and getting yeshiva tuition breaks and so on. If only you would know what my life really looks like. Yes, there is always more to the story.

My buddies and I are called ‘Ksils’ as we are typically oblivious to the bundle of troubles awaiting us down the road. I, on the other hand, am fully aware of the challenges of living the Ksil life. You see, I am a smart Ksil!

The Working Years

For starters, my friend Ksils out there often don’t realize that legal employees like hardworking Gavriel Ha’Gvir are protected in various ways. For instance, if Gavriel would become injured while on the job he would receive Worker’s Compensation checks until he gets better. If he became disabled anywhere else he would receive disability checks. Further, I doubt my fellow Ksils understand that if Gavriel was laid off from his job he would receive unemployment compensation checks for many months. (I know, all these checks will not make him rich, but it does help to get through the tough times.)

Oh yes, Gavriel the legitimate worker has many layers of protection should things go sour. Us Ksils, on the other hand, will have no income at all when we were unable to work or lose our jobs. Yes, as long as we’re working, life is good. But the minute things turn south we’re in big trouble. There is no safety net.

The Senior Years

And things get even worse for those ‘off the bookers’ like me.

I am smart enough to realize that there will be a day when I will be too old to work. Perhaps when I am 65, perhaps 70. I better hope I am disciplined enough to save up money for those years. Ksils like me should not be expecting any Social Security checks every month. Nor should we expect Medicare to cover my hospital visits or nursing home stays.

Ah, but even the most disciplined Ksils among us who would love to create an egg nest for the golden years are faced with a most basic problem: Where do I invest the money?

You see, every Ksil knows that the last thing you want to do is to put your cash in the bank or brokerage firm. Otherwise, the obvious red flag will be raised: “Where did you earn that money?” Game over! So, we resort to trying to figure out ways to ‘get rid’ of the cash by spending it. And, our life savings can be found in fireproof boxes hidden under our beds, in our freezers, and behind dressers. How safe and reassuring!

The Practical

Because we Ksils have very low bank account balances and have limited usage of credit cards (since we spend our cash instead), we run into all sorts of problems when trying to lease a car or get a mortgage since our credit report is limited or nonexistent. (And forget about getting a bank loan if trying to open a business!)

Oh, and regarding buying a car or house, those sure can’t be registered under our name since that would mean letting the government know that we own assets, once again raising the obvious red flag: “Where did you earn that money?” Game over.

So, we Ksils reach out to family members and put the house under their name. Great plan, until you get into a dispute some years down the road and the legal owner evicts you from ‘his’ property! (I kid you not. These stories do happen!)

Of course, one of the most challenging problems for the Ksil community is even making the decision to move to a house in the first place. You see, because I live in a Section 8 apartment and save thousands of dollars in rent each year, I would have to be nuts to give that up and move to a house where I would need to start paying a monthly mortgage. The Section 8 apartment is where I will be with three, five, or eight kids. I am confined to it. I would not even move to another community if I feel the chinuch is better there because I can’t bring myself to give up a rent free apartment. The Section 8 apartment has effectively become my golden chains; my prison cell.

The Fear

But perhaps the most persistent and serious issue we Ksils face is fear. Fear of the IRS. Fear of the government agencies who whose programs we are exploiting. Fear of becoming disabled or losing our job and not having any income (as described earlier). And fear of a break-in while out of town and the thief making off with the box of all our cash life savings.

You surely heard about some of my friends from shul. Gershon Ha’Ganev is now part of the growing Ksil minyan in Otisville (they, unfortunately, have an impressive kehilla), Reuven Ha’Ramai is paying thousands of dollars to accountants to salvage his IRS audit (the accountants are not too hopeful), and Shimon Ha’Shakran has been receiving letters from the Medicaid office demanding $45,000 for the past few years when Reb Shimon was lying about his income.

Truth is, you may not have heard of them. People tend to push these types of things under the rug to avoid embarrassment for their family. Yes, the government agencies have been getting much smarter in recent years and these types of stories are unfortunately happening more frequently…

Will I be next?

The Conscience

And, there are those times that I actually think about what is morally right and wrong.

Yes, it does bother me for a few fleeting moments when I hear my rov talk against stealing from the government. It does trouble me when I put on a poker face and convince the yeshiva administrator that I haven’t got any money for tuition. And, my conscience tugs at me when I consider that my truly destitute neighbor’s kid will not be able to attend the local Head Start program this year because my child took his slot.

It occurs to me, on occasion, that perhaps life is about more than exploiting holes to crookedly receive a couple of extra bucks.

The Rut

So, I can hear you asking, if I am such a smart Ksil and know about the perils of living the ‘off the books’ life, why am I still doing it?

The answer, my friend, is that this lifestyle is like a drug. What begins as a short term plan ends up becoming a long term addiction. I, along with many of my Ksil friends, am stuck in the rut. Once you’re in the Ksil mode it is very difficult to get out of it.

What troubles me most is that my four children are growing up watching how I live. I am sure they inwardly laugh at the irony and hypocrisy when I tell them not to cheat in school or to speak the truth. Oh, how I hope they turn out better than me!

The Point

Well, now you know why we are called the “Ksils”. Unlike you, dear Chanoch Ha’Chochom, fools only see the here and now and do not anticipate future events. Like the tortoise who outruns the hare, those who play by the rules ultimately end up leading fulfilled, meaningful, and honorable lives.

I know, many Ksils out there will explain that they have figured out how to get around some of the issues I brought up. Some will point to other Ksils who made it through life without a problem. But that’s just how Ksils operate. Ksils believe they are the Chochom and are outsmarting the world. My my, how wrong they are…

So the next time you see a Ksil, please understand that he may have a very challenging and unfortunate life. More importantly, feel sorry for him that he most likely is not even aware of how bad his situation is!

Perhaps share this letter with him. He may still have time to straighten out his life.

“Answer a Ksil according to his foolishness, lest he view himself as a Chochom” (Mishlei 26:5)

Sincerely yours,

Heroin has infiltrated the Hasidic community

I thought you’d be interested in this story from the New York Post.
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Heroin has infiltrated the Hasidic community

A 20-year-old Hasidic woman died of a heroin overdose in Brooklyn last month — showing how even an ultra-insular religious community isn’t immune to the nation’s opioid epidemic.

Malky Klein’s mother discovered her daughter slumped over in bed and frothing at the mouth around 7:15 p.m. June 24 in their Borough Park home, according to police.

The Jewish volunteer ambulance service Hatzolah was called and medics tried to revive the young woman before taking her to Maimonides Hospital.

But by 8:22 p.m., doctors at Maimonides had pronounced her dead.

Malky’s overdose death is not an isolated incident, according to community members.

“We’re definitely losing more people to drugs — there’s no question,” said Yaakov Behr­man, who runs the Crown Heights drug prevention group Operation Survival. “It’s getting worse in the United States, it’s getting worse in the world, and it’s affecting our community.”


Zvi Gluck, who works with suicidal and drug-addicted Jewish youth at his Manhattan-based group Amudim, has personally counted 60 opioid-related deaths among the metro area’s Orthodox Jews since the start of the year. Twenty of those were Hasidic.

Layala Rauch, 24, a close friend of Malky’s, said feelings of isolation are driving heroin use among Hasids. Rauch, who was raised Hasidic but strayed from the sect, said that from a young age, Klein embraced a more mainstream identity that alienated her from her ultra-religious community, getting her kicked out of a conservative religious school in Kensington and landing her at a school for troubled kids in Midwood, where she and others turned to drugs.

“This happens to many girls,” said Rauch.

Gluck and Behrman argue there is no straight line from Hasidism to addiction.

“It pains me when people make it a Hasidic issue,” Gluck said. “With suicide, it has certainly been among Hasidim that have left the fold. On the addiction side, though, it’s an equal-opportunity offender.”

Behrman blamed a rise in drugs on city streets for the rise in Orthodox and Hasidic overdoses.

“In many cases, the families are committed to getting help for their family members. They’ve tried, they’ve gone to professional help, attempted to put their child through rehabilitation. But if the kid is addicted and experimenting, there is very little the family can do,” he said.

Gluck and Rauch both know Klein’s family and agreed the parents did all they could.

The family kept anti-overdose drugs on hand, and Klein’s father was the first to administer one during her fateful overdose, according to a Hatzolah first responder.

The parents paid for two years of rehab in California — from which Klein had recently returned, Rauch said, adding:

“The father and mother stopped at nothing.”

Klein’s parents did not return requests for comment.

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