After glancing at the “Jewelers Sentenced in Massive Credit Card Scheme” article (Monday, March 27, 2017), I realized immediately why it was printed.
A scheme causes more than $200 million in losses and the perpetrators get a slap on the wrist: 14 months and a year of home confinement with a measly $451,259 forfeiture. Had Sholom Rubashkin had a fair trial and sentencing, it would have been clear that he didn’t cause any loss … And even his prosecutors’ wrongful accusations accused him of a loss that wasn’t even a seventh of that. And had the prosecutors not interfered with the sale of his business, he wouldn’t have cost the banks a dime, and he is still behind bars, away from his wonderful family, going on eight years. In addition, he was fined $27 million. That’s right: $27 million for a loss that could have been entirely prevented by the court that sentenced him.
The two individuals from this credit card scheme allegedly “fabricated more than 7,000 false identities to obtain tens of thousands of credit cards.”
Their scheme involved an “elaborate network of false identities” and thousands of “drop addresses” across the country — including houses, apartments and P.O. boxes — which were used as mailing addresses for the false identities. Credit reports were doctored, according to officials, to “pump up the spending and borrowing power associated with the cards.” The men borrowed or spent as much as they could without repaying the debts, causing more than $200 million in losses to businesses and financial institutions, according to officials in the statement.
Mr. Rubashkin was running a real business that he was trying to keep afloat after the government tried to destroy it, and to keep his self-built Jewish community in Postville functioning. And yet, here we are — Sholom has now been incarcerated for more than seven and a half years (90 months) … and counting.
Just another reason to believe the 107 former Justice officials who think Rubashkin’s case was handled unjustly and was a gross miscarriage of justice.
A. Morgenstern, Monsey, N.Y.