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.
— Satmar Headquarters (@HQSatmar) February 22, 2015
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.