Dodal The Syrian Jewish community in Monmouth County, New Jersey where Dwek came from was surprised that he became a government informant against other Syrian Jews because the community has a long-standing unwritten policy of blanket solidarity. To keep reading please join our mailing list. The government charged Dwek with bank fraud on May 11, and that was the last anyone heard of him — until agents made a series of arrests on and around July Himmel, who specializes in white arredts criminal defense. Welcome to Paramus Daily Voice! Articles with hCards All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from February Place of birth missing living people.
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Dwek was transferred March 17 from federal prison in Cumberland, Maryland, into a local halfway house, U. Prisons Bureau spokesman Ed Ross said. He was placed in home confinement days later. The year-old real estate investor and son of a prominent rabbi was released due to good conduct and the 16 months he spent in jail after his bail was revoked, Ross said.
District Court Judge Jose L. While in home confinement, Dwek will be under supervision, Ross said. He will be able to leave the house to go to work and attend certain community activities. When Dwek was sentenced by Linares in October , the U. Attorney Mark McCarren said. Linares also barred Dwek from seeking employment in the real estate industry, or buying and selling real estate as an investor.
Dwek, son of a prominent rabbi, lived in Ocean Township at the time of his arrest on federal bank fraud charges. He began cooperating with the FBI a short time later, wearing a wire and a hidden video camera and traveling throughout the state and New York City to meet with politicians and Orthodox Jewish rabbis.
His efforts as a government informant led to the arrests of 46 people on money-laundering and political corruption charges in a massive FBI sting operation dubbed "Operation Bid Rig. Among those arrested were several rabbis and a man charged with selling black-market kidneys. He described how he secretly recorded meetings with prominent rabbis and public officials. With public officials, Dwek posed as developer David Esenbach, who was willing to supply cash bribes to officials in return for approvals of various bogus development projects.
Dwek approached the rabbis with requests to launder cash proceeds from a business he said sold counterfeit designer handbags. Dwek also told the rabbis he needed to hide cash from creditors involved in his bankruptcy. Ultimately, 34 people pleaded guilty, four were convicted, two were acquitted and one died before trial. Both pleaded guilty to charges related to money laundering.
Attorney McCarren said before Dwek was sentenced. Dwek has been diagnosed with bipolar and anxiety disorders. Before sentencing Dwek in , Linares said it was greed, and not mental illness, that motivated him. The judge pronounced sentence shortly after Dwek gave a rambling, emotional statement in which he described himself as a "piece of dirt," and choked up repeatedly while explaining the pain his wife, Pearl, and their six children have experienced after being ostracized from their Sephardic Jewish community in Deal.
In , they said he had been assaulted by other inmates while imprisoned. His own parents disowned him, and his father Isaac, a prominent rabbi in Deal who founded the Deal Yeshiva for Orthodox Jewish children, denounced him in the synagogue. In his statement, Dwek said that his father had counseled him not to cooperate with the authorities after his May arrest by the FBI on bank fraud charges.
But Dwek said he decided to cooperate the very day of his arrest, in part to repent for his crimes, and in part in an attempt to shorten his sentence so that he would not be permanently separated from his wife and children. The first phase of Bid Rig, an ongoing public corruption investigation, became public in , when former Ocean Township Mayor Terrence D.
Weldon pleaded guilty to extorting developers for cash in exchange for using his influence to gain approval for building projects. Jean Mikle, , jmikle app.
Solomon Dwek, 42, released early from federal prison
Less than 30 months after being sentenced to six years behind bars—far more than prosecutors were seeking—Dwek this week was let go from the federal prison in Cumberland, Md. Bureau of Prisons spokesman. While he will be monitored, Dwek will have considerable freedoms under home confinement, including permission to come and go for work, medical and dental appointments and some family social activities. They seek employment or go to work," said the spokesman, Ed Ross. Dwek, now 42, the son of a respected rabbi and a one-time Monmouth County real estate investor, became the central figure in a three-year undercover sting operated by the FBI and U. The high-profile criminal case came to light in July with a series of early morning arrests that made national headlines, ensnaring dozens of elected officials caught taking bribes from Dwek, posing as a corrupt developer.
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John Hamilton Jr. Dwek, a well-known member of the Syrian Jewish community whose parents founded the Deal Yeshiva ,  agreed to become a cooperating witness for the FBI, infiltrating a money-laundering network connecting Israel and Syrian Jewish communities in Brooklyn , New York and Deal, New Jersey. This network has allegedly laundered tens of millions of dollars through charitable non-profit organizations controlled by rabbis in New York and New Jersey. Among the rabbis implicated are Saul J. The targets accepted checks made by Dwek made out to their charitable foundations and returned the money to him after deducting a fee. Much of the cash they provided him came from Israel, and some of that in turn came from a Swiss banker, prosecutors said.
Operation Bid Rig
Dwek was transferred March 17 from federal prison in Cumberland, Maryland, into a local halfway house, U. Prisons Bureau spokesman Ed Ross said. He was placed in home confinement days later. The year-old real estate investor and son of a prominent rabbi was released due to good conduct and the 16 months he spent in jail after his bail was revoked, Ross said. District Court Judge Jose L. While in home confinement, Dwek will be under supervision, Ross said.
Solomon Dwek, at center of big corruption sting, released early from prison
Vudotaxe Views Read Edit View history. Return to your home site. On October 18,Dwek was sentenced to six years in federal prison for his conviction on bank fraud charges. Even his uncle filed a claim against Dwek, whose parents founded the Deal Yeshiva, a Jersey Shore religious school that teaches Sephardic Jewish children. He also denounced the practice of acting as a government informant against other Jews.