My investigation has revealed that the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office used an Orthodox Jewish radio program in an elaborate sting operation that helped the government convict Malcolm Smith and other New York politicians.
It’s unclear whether there are other targets including New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Schneiderman, while a state senator, appeared on the show with Moses Stern, who defrauded Citigroup out of $126 million and was later revealed to be an FBI cooperator. Stern testified he was involved in Schneiderman’s campaign.
Here’s the story I broke about the radio program, the New York Jewish Communications Channel, hosted by Talkline Communications Network. The NYJCC had a website, put out news releases and published a campaign strategy booklet for Schneiderman.
Stern used the show to gain credibility with targets of the investigation, who wanted the ultra-Orthodox bloc vote.
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Here’s a list of people involved:
Here’s a timeline of events.
I have since interviewed Rockland County Legislator Charles Falciglia, who is calling for the FBI or D.A.’s office to investigate the sources of tens of thousands in campaign contributions to Family Court Judge Sherri Eisenpress’ 2011 campaign. He wants the results of any investigation to be made public.