Brooklyn, NY – Alleged Kidney Trafficker Got Charity Funds From Madoff

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    Levy Rosenbaum was brought to the FBIs attention by anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes in 2002.Brooklyn, NY – The alleged organ-selling rabbi busted as part of a wide-ranging corruption probe headed a Brooklyn charity that received dirty donations from yet another disgrace — Bernard Madoff.

    Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, 58, ran the Brooklyn branch of Kav Lachayim, a volunteer group that purports to help sickly children.

    Before Madoff was busted as one of the biggest scammers in history, his $19 million family foundation donated tens of thousands of dollars over several years to the charitable group, records show.

    Rosenbaum was arrested last week as part of a massive FBI sting after allegedly being caught on tape offering to sell a kidney for $160,000.

    “I am what you call a matchmaker,” Rosenbaum told an FBI informant trying to broker a deal.

    Rosenbaum said he had brokered “quite a lot” of illegal organ deals, according to a criminal complaint.

    The charity’s sister organization in Israel also has ties to the selling of organs. That group was partially run by a retired banker, Yechiel Landman, who a year ago helped sick Israelis find organ donors in the Philippines, according to reports.


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