New Jersey mayors and rabbis arrested in corruption investigation

FBI agents lead arrested suspects from their headquarters as part of a corruption investigation in Newark, New Jersey.

A sad day for these Jewish teachers who were arrested by the FBI
A sad day for these two Jewish teachers who were arrested by the FBI

Two New Jersey mayors and dozens of political and religious figures were arrested today and charged in a massive bribery and money laundering scheme that included traffic in human body parts.

As part of an 10-year investigation into pervasive public corruption in New Jersey, hundreds of FBI agents fanned out across the state this morning to make arrests and search offices. Later, law enforcement vehicles crowded in front of agency offices as agents waited to unload their quarry.

Among those arrested following were Hoboken mayor Peter Cammarano III, Secaucus mayor Dennis Elwell, Jersey City deputy mayor Leona Beldini, state legislator Daniel Van Pelt, officials in the state capital, and several Syrian-Jewish rabbis who officials said laundered illicit cash through charities they controlled.

The 44 people arrested today were snared by a single FBI witness who laundered $3m through networks with branches in the US, Israel and Switzerland, and paid more than $650,000 in bribes to the accused politicians, FBI officials said.

One northern New Jersey man, Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, was charged with conspiring to traffic human organs. Officials said he promised to sell to the witness’s relative for $160,000 a kidney he had acquired for $10,000.

The witness at the centre of the investigation was himself charged in 2006 with bank fraud, and was familiar enough with the argot of bribery and international organised crime to win the suspects’ trust, court filings in the case show. In several of the cases, he posed as a developer interested in paying public figures under the table to expedite real estate projects.

New Jersey has a long record of political corruption, and the FBI said the new haul adds to dozens previous convicted in recent years.

Source: The Guardian. (UK).

My comment:

Man is a sinner, God is Holy. People are innocent till the Court of Law has decided otherwise. But these men have most likely committed grave sins, and need to repent. The good news, is that there is forgiveness for sin in the blood of Jesus the Messiah.

Even before God the Son came in flesh, God of Israel knew that His chosen people needed to repent for their sins. They had to come to him with circumcised hearts.

Jeremiah 9:25

«The days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will punish all who are circumcised only in the flesh, Egypt, Judah, Edom, Ammon, Moab and all who live in the desert in distant places. For all these nations are really uncircumcised, and even the whole house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart».

God forgave sins also before the Messiah died as a perfect atonement for our sins, and rose from the grave. But at this time on Earth, God demanded blood offerings, of lamb, rams and bulls. The offerings had finally to take place in the Temple in Jerusalem, the city of His dwelling.

After the second Temple was destroyed, Rabbinic Judaism can not offer redemption for sins. Messianic Judaism has the answer. The blood of Jesus. So much God loved the World, that He gave His only begotten Son, that all who believe in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

This is the truth.

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