Thursday, August 25, 2011

Rabbi who claimed that he was the Jewish Indiana Jones for saving Torahs around the world hands himself in on fraud charge

A Jewish charity co-founder, who claimed that he traveled the world rescuing Torahs as a Jewish Indiana Jones, has surrendered to face mail and wire fraud charges after authorities said he duped benefactors by fabricating dramatic stories about sometimes dangerous trips, including to concentration camp sites in Poland and Germany. Menachem Youlus, who owns the Jewish Bookstore in Wheaton, Maryland, where he resides, was charged in a criminal complaint unsealed in federal court in Manhattan and has been released on $100,000 bail.

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