A religious leader who played a role in fundraising for Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2013 campaign has been caught in a food stamp scandal.
Authorities from a Brooklyn federal court issued a complaint that Yitzchok “Isaac” Sofer, a leader in the Satmar religious group, falsified his income and assets to illegally collect more than $30,000 in funds from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) between 2012 and 2016.
He claimed he didn’t have life insurance when, in fact, Sofer had a $1 million policy. According to the complaint, he also stated that he made $250 a week, or about $13,000 a year, on his application in 2012.
A report by The Daily Caller states that when Sofer applied for his life insurance policy in 2012, he listed his annual income at $100,000, and claimed assets valued at over $600,000.
It has also been discovered that Sofer continues to have ties with de Blasio’s office, and is listed as a government relations lobbyist for a religious school called, Central United Talmudic Academy. It should be noted that this school lobbied City Hall in 2015, according to the New York Post.
Sofer has been released on $25,000 bail during his Thursday arraignment. Reports claim he has not issued a comment regarding his legal trouble.
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