Isaac Sofer, Satmar Hassid Arrested By FBI In Brooklyn

The FBI busted a prominent Hasidic leader who raised campaign funds for Mayor de Blasio, charging him with food stamp fraud.

Yitzchok (Isaac) Sofer hosted a fundraiser for the mayor and is a leader in the Satmar group that follows Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum.

The group backed the mayor just before the September 2013 primary.

In a complaint unsealed Thurday in Brooklyn Federal Court, Sofer was charged with unlawfully collecting Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) funds from late 2013 through June.

During that time he hosted an Oct. 3, 2013 fundraiser for de Blasio. And he was one of the leaders announcing the Satmar group’s endorsement of de Blasio a week before the primary.

Sofer’s arrest comes just days after leading New York public officials, led by Senator Chuck Schumer, flocked to a massive event thrown by Aron Teitelbaum’s followers in Williamsburg.

The annual gathering, which celebrates the release of the previous Satmar rebbe from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1944, draws thousands of Hasidim, and a litany of public officials.

Officials in attendance at this year’s Aroni celebration on Tuesday night included Schumer, acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, leaders from the New York City Police Department, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, and many others.

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  1. Joe Levin
    Joe Levin says:

    A Satmar leader who raised money for Mayor de Blasio’s 2013 campaign has been busted by the feds for food-stamp fraud, authorities said Thursday.

    Yitzchok “Isaac” Sofer, a leader in the Satmar religious group, lied about his income and assets in order to collect more than $30,000 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program funds, according to a complaint unsealed Thursday in Brooklyn federal court.

    The activist, who held a fund-raiser for de Blasio in 2013, lied on several SNAP applications between 2012 and 2016, at one point saying he didn’t have a life insurance policy, documents allege.

    But Sofer had a $1,000,000 policy and wrote on his Oct. 29, 2012, application for the policy that he had made $100,000 the previous year, according to the complaint.

    Sofer was released on $25,000 bail during his Thursday arraignment. He declined to comment.

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