Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto was once a high-flying spiritual advisor to the rich and famous who effortlessly wielded enormous power. Josh Nathan-Kazis reports he faces a year in prison as his once-mighty empire teeters.
The July 5 suicide of a top Israeli police official is the second high-profile death of a person in conflict with Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto, the controversial and influential Israeli celebrity rabbi.
Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto is expected to sign a plea bargain by the end of the week, confessing that he attempted to bribe the commander of the national police fraud to receive information about an investigation against him.
A senior Israeli police officer is suspected of taking bribes from Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto and his followers. A gag order in the sensational case has been lifted.