eye-3-yellow-3d-2-new-logo philly_kyw_new philly_94wip_new 35h_cbssportsrad_philly philly_wpht_new
NOW LIVE: Talk Philly


Last Rabbi In New Jersey Corruption Case Sentenced

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Brooklyn, N.Y., rabbi has been sentenced to a year in federal prison for his admitted role in a large-scale corruption and money laundering sting in New Jersey.

Lavel Schwartz was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day Thursday in federal court in Trenton.

The 61-year-old pleaded guilty to money laundering conspiracy last May.

He was one of more than 40 people arrested in July 2009. Four other rabbis already have pleaded guilty and been sentenced.

Schwartz admitted laundering what he thought were illicit funds from a developer who was acting as an informant for the government.

Several hundred thousand dollars were laundered through a religious charity.

About three-quarters of the defendants arrested in 2009 have pleaded guilty or been convicted.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Top Content On CBSPhilly


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 32,061 other followers