Israeli Fraudster Sentenced to 22 Years Prison

Samuel “Mouli” Cohen, 53, convicted of 29 charges of fraud, money laundering and tax evasion was sentenced Monday [in U.S. Federal Court, San Francisco] to 22 years in prison and ordered to repay $31.4 million in ill-gotten gains.

Mouli’s philanthropic activities include support for the European Center for Jewish Students, which works to increase the Jewish population of Europe against the threat of intermarriage and assimilation; a Jewish orphanage in Odessa; facilities development at the Ukraine tomb of a Lubavitcher Hasidic rabbi; and a library and museum in Israel affiliated with the Lubavitcher movement.

In addition, Mouli claims to be a leader and donor to several organizations which do not mention him in their public acknowledgments, including Camp Okizu, Seva Foundation and Soroka Medical Center.

Mouli’s scam was also blamed for the collapse of the Vanguard Public Foundation, a liberal San Francisco charity with ties to actors Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte.