William Rapfogel, the former head of the influential Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty in New York City, was hit with 16 state corruption charges on Tuesday, as state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli made public the results of a lengthy investigation that ultimately cost Rapfogel his job.
Rapfogel, a longtime ally of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, is accused of artificially boosting the Met Council’s insurance payment rates and keeping the difference, which netted him and others about $5 million over the past two decades. Schneiderman also claims Rapfogel directed an insurance company to make campaign donations on his group’s behalf, which may have helped boost the state grants and contracts the Met Council received.
Among the charges Rapfogel faces are grand larceny, money laundering and four counts of criminal tax fraud.
“It’s always sad and shocking when we discover that someone used a charity as their own personal piggy bank-but even more so when that scheme involves someone well-respected in government and his community,” Schneiderman said in a statement.
Rapfogel, who was CEO and executive director of the Met Council, was fired in August. At the time, he issued a statement apologizing for “mistakes” he made, without going into detail.
His wife, Judy Rapfogel, is Silver’s chief of staff.
Here’s the complaint filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan earlier Tuesday: