The trio face bribery charges in Manhattan Federal Court. Jona Rechnitz, another bizman accused of peddling perks to these cops, has already pleaded guilty to giving “financial and personal benefits and political contributions to public officials including law enforcement officials in exchange for official action.”
After cops busted Reichberg in June, he was released on a $500,000 bond and ordered not to leave downstate New York and New Jersey.
Now, Reichberg wants the court to greenlight a trip to Israel from May 13 to May 22, according to a letter filed Monday.
He wants to “both celebrate the holiday of Lag BaOmer and visit his son who is studying there,” wrote his lawyer, Susan Necheles, her letter to Manhattan Federal Judge Gregory Woods.
“Many Jews travel to Meron, a small town in northern Israel, to celebrate Lag BaOmer at the grave of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai-a renowned rabbi who, among other things, authored the Zohar, the central text of Jewish mysticism.”
Necheles argues there is “no danger” Reichberg would skip out on his trial because his four of his five kids, ten siblings, and parents live in the U.S.
“There is no question that Mr. Reichberg is going to return for trial here,” Necheles told the Daily News.
While the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office hasn’t yet filed any paperwork responding to Reichberg’s request, Necheles’s petition indicates prosecutors object to the proposed jaunt abroad.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office declined comment.