A Maryland-based rabbi who claimed he was the “Jewish Indiana Jones” and told daring stories of rescuing sacred Torah scrolls he said had survived the Holocaust was indicted Wednesday on two counts of mail and wire fraud.
Menachem Youlus, 50, surrendered himself and his passport to authorities Wednesday at the federal courthouse in New York and later was released on $100,000 bail.
According to the U.S. attorney’s indictment, Youlus defrauded his own charitable nonprofit organization, Save a Torah Inc., and synagogues and individual contributors of hundreds of thousands of dollars from 2004 to 2010. Court documents further claim that Youlus embezzled $145,000 from Save a Torah by depositing checks made out to the organization directly into his account.
The indictment indicates the money went to pay for personal expenses and for his children’s private school tuition.Continue Reading on www.dailymail.com