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Video: Ex Convict-Turned-Rabbi Busted for Posing as Police Officer

October 17, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Ex Convict-Turned-Rabbi Busted for Posing as Police Officer

A former Brooklyn gang member who apparently became a Hasidic rabbi is facing dozens of charges after he allegedly posed as a law enforcement officer in a case that prosecutors call "one of the strangest" they've seen, reports NBC New York.

"It's bizarre, but it's still serious to us," said Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson.

Roberto Eddy Santos was a member of the Latin Kings in the 1990s and served 10 years in Sing Sing for violent robberies. When he was released, he changed his name to Avroham Gross and assumed the identity of a rabbi. Pictures posted on social media show him interacting with members of the Hasidic Jewish community.

Authorities are looking into whether "this was really a genuine conversion or whether this was just a scheme to defraud," according to Thompson.

Gross is being more seriously investigated for pretending to be a law enforcement officer. Prosecutors say he used a fake badge and a other fake documents to pretend he was part of a non-existent state "child abuse prevention task force." He also tried to fool security when he attended hearings for a recent family court case.


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132&Bush @ 10/17/2014 10:01 PM

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Ed @ 5/9/2015 7:36 AM

So let me get this straight... His name isn't actually Avrohom Gross, and yet NBCNY; the reporters and writers, are still calling him by his fake Jewish name. Why aren't they using his real name? And also you haven't done any investigation into whether he is a Rabbi (i can guarantee you he is not), so why is that your headline. Giving bad press to orthodox Jews, even though this guy is not one. Not only is it disgraceful, it is plain horrible reporting.

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