Kiryas Joel real estate broker faces judge, pleads not guilty to fraud charges
WHITE PLAINS - A Kiryas Joel real estate broker accused of fraud faced a federal judge for the first time on Friday since he was released on bail.
Shloime Torim, 76, is accused of using shell companies, fake names and family members to hide cash from the government.
After court, Torim's attorney denied allegations in the indictment. But federal officials disagree as armed IRS agents were seen at Torim's home and business Tuesday, carrying out boxes of computers and documents.
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Prosecutors allege that Torim has used different names to get social security numbers, travel documents and bank accounts.
During his arraignment on Tuesday, Torim told the court that he lives rent-free in housing owned by his congregation. His attorney did not want to discuss the association.
Torim has pleaded not guilty to the charges.