The Toronto Star reports that Lev Tahor, the Anti-Zionist Orthodox Cult amassed over $6 million through charitable donations and welfare payments to members of the cult.
Congregation Riminov, one of the charities controlled by Shlomo Helebrans brought in more than $1.9-million in 2005 and claimed land and property assets of $5.6 million in 2006. The organization lost its charitable status in 2007 for not filing mandatory information with the Canada Revenue Agency. In 2011, Lev Tahor received a donation from an, unnamed, registered charity to the tune of $4.3 million, CRA filings show.
In 2012, the Society for Spiritual Development, Lev Tahor’s other charity transferred $3.3 million to another Jewish charity in Quebec, the Canadian Friends of Holy Land Institutions.
While in Quebec, members of the group continually received social assistance benefits from the provincial government. With families receiving $2000.00 per month, over the years the Quebec government provided millions of dollars in benefits for these families to cover the cost of food, clothing and shelter. Reports showed that the children slept on urine soaked bedding, and did not receive adequate medical care.
Here are my questions:
1. Were public funds paid to the families when Helbrans enriched himself with these funds since he ultimately controlled the finances of each and every person and family? This is fraud!! One could possibly relate this to a pimp controlling the monies earned by his prostitutes.
2. If they were in a position to transfer $3.3 million from their holdings, why was Lev Tahor not supporting its followers?
3. Is the Canada Revenue Agency investigating and auditing Lev Tahor for not meeting the requirements of having charitable status?
4. Will the Ontario government continue to provide public assistance to members of this wealthy cult?
It reminds me of the Moonies whose reported wealth is in the millions of dollars.