Rabbi, several others arrested in public benefits fraud case

Claudine Rigal
Juin 26, 2017

The FBI's Newark office confirmed to New Jersey 101.5 that Rabbi Zalmen Sorotzkin of the synagogue Congregation Lutzk was arrested at his home early Monday along with his wife, Tzipporah Sorotzkin, on fraud charges involving public assistance funds.

The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a raid on four locations in Lakewood, resulting in the arrest of at least eight people - including a rabbi. A half-dozen couples were also arrested in total during the coordinated raids, authorities said.

A separate federal criminal complaint charges two other married couples with conspiring to fraudulently obtain Medicaid and housing and food assistance benefits.

Law enforcement officials said they believe that Monday's arrest will be the first in a series of arrests in a larger fraud ring. The couple made approximately $265,000 in 2011, more than double the maximum allowed to receive Medicaid benefits and more than triple the maximum for Section 8 benefits, according to the complaint.

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