Sunday, October 14, 2012

The wife of Israeli kabbalist Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto tried to commit suicide as her husband was being questioned by police

The rabbi’s wife, Rivka, was rushed to a Tel Aviv hospital after overdosing on pills. The couple were arrested and released to home detention after attempting to bribe a police officer to get information about an investigation into money laundering by the couple. A former aide to Pinto, Ofer Biton, was jailed recently in the United States over immigration violations. US officials have been scrutinizing Biton’s fundraising activities for a US congressman, Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.). Biton had a falling-out with Pinto, whose supporters have accused Biton of embezzling funds from Pinto’s organizations.

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