Shlomo Helbrans, is a man who has never been able to confirm that he has rabbinical ordination. He styles himself the Riminov Rebbe though he does not come from any Hasidic lineage. He claims to be a loving leader to his followers, while most observers believe he is the head of an abusive cult.
It is alleged that the children in Lev Tahor are malnourished. I was fascinated by the fact that unlike most Hasidim, who are often overweight, like most Americans and more so, the members of Lev Tahor are consistently thin, very thin, with the possible exception of his number two, Uriel Goldman.
Helbrans himself is the very image of plump, to put it mildly. Maybe he is one Hasidic rebbe who does not share his meals with his followers.