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  1. Rabbi Pinto’s Charity Spent Heavily on Luxury Travel, Jewels Dec. 20, 2011

    In previous investigations published in March and April, the Forward raised questions about the finances of Mosdot Shuva Israel and reported that Pinto’s top American-based aide, Ben Zion Suky, is a former porn distributor.

    “The rabbi is a holy man, does not touch money and does not deal with money. He has no possessions,” Pinto’s wife, Deborah Rivka Pinto, told the Israeli daily Haaretz in a rare interview in July.

    Pinto is among the most prominent of a new breed of Israeli rabbinic gurus with influence in Israel’s business and political spheres. A scion of two prominent Moroccan rabbinic lines, his followers include Nochi Dankner, billionaire owner of the Israeli daily newspaper Maariv, and Jacky Ben-Zaken, a prominent real estate investor. Leading political figures from across the Israeli spectrum — including Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, opposition leader Tzipi Livni, former Labor Party leader Amir Peretz and Gideon Ezra, a former minister of internal security — appeared at a recent event hosted by Pinto in Israel.

    1. @ Oui: Donors Trust is a Koch-founded outfit that allows right wing donors to shield the identity of their giving since it will be listed as the donor to specific groups, rather than the actual individual donor.

  2. Anthony Weiner pointing fingers at Rep. Grimm by informing the FBI concerning extortion in early fall of 2010.

    Eric Cantor Tied to Rabbi Pinto Whose Aide Is at Center of Probe

    (Al Monitor) Aug. 23, 2012 – Josef Ben Moha of New Jersey donated $48,100 to Cantor’s Victory Fund on April 11, 2008 — his only campaign donation in US records. Moha is listed as managing director of Livono (or Livorno) Partners, whose CEO Ben Zion Suky also donated $48,100 to Cantor on the same date. Suky serves as the “right-hand man … translator, gatekeeper and conduit to the outside world” for Pinto, the Forward reported last year. He also owns property with Rabbi Pinto’s wife, as well as a porn DVD distribution business.

    (March 29, 2012) Developer Ben Zion Suky and the wife of Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto are facing a new set of legal woes as the Bank of New York filed a lawsuit Tuesday to foreclose on their $769,000 mortgage for an Upper East Side apartment. In the suit, filed in New York state Supreme Court, Bank of New York alleges that Suky, a principal at Livorno Partners, and Debora Rivka Pinto, defaulted on a mortgage loan at the Cielo, a condo at 450 East 83rd Street and York Avenue.

    … Suky and his Livorno business partner Yosi Zaga are long time associates of the rabbi, who has acted as an advisor to several high-profile figures in the New York real estate world. Sources say that Pinto’s wife has worked with Suky and Zaga as an investor in other properties or business ventures.

    Suky has also lost control of the Mave Hotel, a boutique hotel property at 62 Madison Avenue, following a foreclosure suit there. An auction of the property’s mezzanine debt was originally scheduled for May 2011, but the entity that controlled the property, Madison Hotel Owners, controlled by Suky and Roxy Deli owner Joseph Ben Moha, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection the day before the auction.

    … FEC filings show that Weiner, before he resigned from Congress, also received campaign contributions from Pinto followers and associates. However, Weiner reported returning a $4,950 donation from Ben Zion Suky — the rabbi’s “right hand” — last year. In addition, it is notable that Weiner told Roll Call in March 2012 that he went to the FBI in 2010 to relay allegations from Rabbi Pinto that Rep. Grimm was extorting the rabbi and his followers.

    The NY real estate business is a dangerous place to be, see recent murder of Menachem Stark. His businees partner Israel “Sam” Perlmutter may become a suspect according to the latest news from Brooklyn.

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