Brooklyn rabbi pleads guilty in corruption case

(AP) - The spiritual leader for the Syrian Jewishcommunity in the United States has entered a guilty plea in amassive federal corruption probe in New Jersey.

Rabbi Saul Kassin of Brooklyn, N.Y., pleaded guilty in a Trentonfederal courtroom Monday to one count of unauthorized moneytransmitting.

The 89-year-old is the chief rabbi of the Syrian Jewishcommunity in Brooklyn and New Jersey.

Kassin was among five rabbis arrested in July 2009 and chargedwith money laundering using charitable nonprofit groups they ortheir synagogues controlled.

There are 46 defendants in the federal investigation into moneylaundering and political corruption.

Solomon Dwek, a member of Kassin's Syrian Jewish enclave, becamean undercover cooperating witness and wore a wire for thegovernment after being arrested for bank fraud.

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