Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto,
one of Israel’s
most influential rabbis, and his wife were questioned by the police on Thursday on suspicion they bribed a police officer in exchange for information on an internal police investigation concerning his close acquaintances. The two were also charged with money laundering.
The investigation against the rabbi was headed by Yoav Segalovich. After questioning, the couple appeared before the Rishon Lezion Magistrate's Court for a remand hearing and released under restrictive conditions.
Rabbi Pinto's attorney, Yaron Lipshes, said that his client answered all the police's questions and disclosed all that he knew in order to advance the investigation so that it can refute all the "baseless allegations made against him."
Lipshes further added that Rabbi Pinto "is certain that once all the facts are cleared and ascertained, the police will come to understand that there was nothing criminal about his actions."
Rabbi Pinto is an Israeli Orthodox rabbi who lives in New York City and Ashdod. He heads a global organization, Mosdot Tshuva Israel. In addition to his religious work, Pinto is known for his work and influence with business and political leaders.
Athough Pinto has no formal business background, a number of prominent Israeli and Jewish-American businessmen have visited him for consultation
on business and personal matters, including talk-show host Donny Deutsch, former Congressman Anthony Weiner and professional basketball player LeBron James.