Soon after William E. Rapfogel (pictured above with New York Mayor Bloomberg) became the leader of one of New York City’s most influential social service organizations in 1992, prosecutors say, he began to steal. He stole early and often.
He received envelope after envelope, stuffed with skimmed cash kickbacks, according to a criminal complaint filed on Tuesday.
Also cited were a $27,000 check written to a contractor working on his apartment, roughly $100,000 to help his son buy a home, and a campaign finance scheme that manipulated the city’s matching-funds formula, fraudulently increasing campaign contributions to favored city politicians who provided government grants to his organization.
The cash-stuffed envelopes clearly added up. Investigators found $400,000 squirreled away in his Lower East Side apartment — a sizable chunk in his closet — and in his home in Monticello, N.Y
Mr. Rapfogel, a man whose deeds and connections made his name almost synonymous with the city’s Jewish philanthropic causes, was accused of keeping more than $1 million for himself.
Rapfogel was a Jew stealing from Jewish charities under the nose of Jewish New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.