David Pasternak (former President), Sandor Samuels (President/CEO), Terry Friedman (former Executive Director) -- of BET TZEDEK (the Los Angeles "House of Justice"), an affiliate of the LOS ANGELES JEWISH FEDERATION. The evidence shows the three of them colluding in racketeering in the Los Angeles Superior court.[i] Highly decorated FBI veteran, renowned fraud expert James Wedick opined that their conduct was "fraud". [ii] But ADL refuses for years to address the evidence of racketeering in Bet Tzedek.
May 19 - Joseph Zernik, PhD, of Human Rights Alert (NGO), has forwarded
to Rabbi Laura Owens, (B'nai Horin - Children of Freedom
synagogue), a request to dissociate herself from Bet Tzedek, a
prominent Los Angeles Jewish charity, and Sandor Samuels, its
The request followed fund-raising advertisements, widely published by Bet Tzedek, featuring Rabbi Owens, which states: [iii]
"Justice for all is not only a basic American principle, it is one of the foundations of Judaism. Bet Tzedek exemplifies the commitment and compassion of justice for everyone. I am proud to be a small flame in the torch that carries this light into the twenty-first century."
The request, forwarded to Rabbi Owens, says:
"Bet Tzedek is nothing less than a
Jewish racket, headed by Sandor Samuels, one of the architects of the
epidemic of mortgage and foreclosure fraud, and corruption of the
state and US courts from coast to coast.
The fact that Sandor Samuels likes to find cover under the mantle of Jewish charity and in particular holocaust survivors, is a cynical ploy. But the fact that the Los Angeles Jewish and legal community continues to provide his such cover is inexcusable." [iv]
In parallel, the request was also forwarded to ADL, the Anti Defamation League. Reply, indicating reading of the message was received from ADL's Mr Todd Gutnick, but no other response. [v]
This was not the first time that ADL, which advertises itself as a champion of justice and civil rights, fails to address detailed evidence of racketeering by Bet Tzedek and its president Sandor Samuels. Requests were repeatedly forwarded to ADL and its director Abraham Foxman on this matter over the past several years. They all remain unanswered without exception. [vi, vii]
The note to Rabbi Laura Owens also included a short message, detailing some of the evidence for the major role of Sandor Samuels, Bet Tzedek's president, as a key figure in the mortgage and foreclosure-fraud epidemic in the United States.
Sandor Samuels is former Chief Legal Officer of Countrywide Financial Corporation and former Associate General Counsel of Bank of America Corporation.
The evidence shows, that in such capacities, starting in the early 2000s, Sandor Samuels was a key figure in establishing corrupt practices in Countrywide, and later in Bank of America, relative to the "streamlining" of government-backed residential mortgage approval and fraud in foreclosure procedures. The outcome of these practices is an unprecedented fraud on the US tax payer, on shareholders, and on homeowners nationwide. [viii]
In parallel, Bet Tzedek, under the leadership of Sandor Samuels, was authorized by the City of Los Angeles as the sole agency to handle all citizens' complaints of real estate and mortgage fraud.
In early 2007, Sandor Samuels went further and launched a campaign against real estate and mortgage fraud in synagogues and churches across Southern California, prominently advertising himself under the web site of Bet Tzedek as a "Fraud Buster". [ix]
In view of Samuel's campaign against real-estate fraud, a request was filed in June 2007 with Sandor Samuels in his Bet Tzedek office, in his capacity as President of Bet Tzedek, to stop real-estate fraud being perpetrated by Countrywide and its Legal Department. [x] Within 24 hours, the entire web site of Bet Tzedek came down. When it came back up a few days later, no mention was found any longer of the Fraud Buster campaign.
Soon afterward, a retaliation campaign was launched: Bryan Cave LLP started appearing in the Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of Countrywide, under ever-changing party designations, "Plaintiff", "Defendant", "Cross Defendant", "Real Party in Interest", "Intervenor", and more... all with no legal foundation at all. Moreover, Sandor Samuels himself appeared in the case under the bogus party designation "Person in Interest".