Mendel Goldstein, the owner of a videography business in Brooklyn, New York, pleaded guilty in federal court to tax evasion charges relating to a long-running conspiracy with his brother, Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein.
Until around 2018, Yisroel Goldstein was the director and head rabbi at Chabad of Poway, a tax-exempt organization that the brothers used to divert Mendel Goldstein’s income and conceal more than $700,000 in earnings from the IRS. They hid the money by depositing it into Chabad accounts, then secretly funneling it back to Mendel Goldstein by writing checks to fictitious names like “Mr. Green,” “Mr. Gold” or “Mr. Fish.”
Mendel Goldstein faces up to five years in prison.