Marcus Santos// New York Daily New
William Rapfogel, the former head of the Met Council and close friend of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, is charged with overseeing a kickback scheme that took $5 million from the charity.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he hasn’t talked to old friend William Rapfogel since learning his pal was under investigation for stealing millions of dollars from a major Jewish charity.
“I haven’t spoken to him since I read his public statement,” Silver told the Daily News Friday. “Personally, I think it’s a tragedy, but I believe in the judicial process and the judicial process will ultimately prove what’s available.”
Rapfogel was charged last by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman with overseeing a $5 million kickback scheme at the venerable Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty.
He’s accused of personally pocketing $1 million in the scam and directing officials at an insurance company that was overbilling the charity to spend some of their cut on campaign contributions to elected officials including Silver.
Rapfogel’s wife, Judy Rapfogel, is Silver’s chief of staff. She has not been implicated in her husband’s alleged crime.
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