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Welfare Fraud in N.J.

July 7, 2017

ARRESTS of Orthodox Jews who have been accused of welfare fraud in Lakewood, N.J. continue. So far, 26 people have been charged with unlawfully taking more than $2 million in fraudulent benefits, including Medicaid, food stamps and other benefits.

The haredim have been known for depending heavily on welfare benefits in New Jersey for many years.

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Jane S. writes:

E-rate fraud too:

FBI raids NY haredi yeshivas and their tech vendors in fraud probe

Laura writes:

Mortgage fraud too.

What is not revealed in most of the news stories about these crimes is that in the minds of the haredi, this sort of fraud is perfectly ethical.

According to the Talmud, defrauding gentiles is acceptable.

In Babha Kama (113b) it says:

“It is permitted to deceive a Goi.”

And in Choschen Ham. (156,5 Hagah) it says:

“If a Jew is doing good business with an Akum [Christian or “idolater”] it is not allowed to other Jews, in certain places, to come and do business with the same AkumIn other places, however, it is different, where another Jew is allowed to go to the same Akum, lead him on, do business with him and to deceive him and take his money. For the wealth of the Akum is to be regarded as common property and belongs to the first who can get it. There are some, however, who say that this should not be done.”

In Choschen Ham. (183,7 Hagah) it says:

“If a Jew is doing business with an Akum and a fellow Israelite comes along and defrauds the Akum, either by false measure, weight or number, he must divide his profit with his fellow Israelite, since both had a part in the deal, and also in order to help him along.”


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