5-year prison term for NJ rabbi in corruption case

January 4, 2012 - 4:50 PM

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A once-prominent New Jersey rabbi who pleaded guilty in the state's largest corruption case has been sentenced to a five-year prison term.

Rabbi Eliahu Ben Haim (ee-LA'-yoo ben HY'-eem) last year admitted using his network of religious charities to conceal more than $1 million in illegal proceeds for a government informant.

The 60-year-old Long Branch resident is the former leader of the synagogue Congregation Ohel Yaacob in Deal, 50 miles south of New York City.

The case netted 46 defendants, another of whom was sentenced Wednesday in Trenton federal court. Arye Weiss (ahr-EE'-yay wys) was given five years' probation after pleading guilty to running an illegal money transfer business prosecutors say operated as a "cash house."

The judge said the 57-year-old Brooklyn resident must serve his probation in a mental health facility.