According to news reports, in 2011 Yehuda Rubin stole blank checks belonging to Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem (MTJ) from the Yeshiva of Staten Island office, wrote them out to unauthorized parties and got them cashed, without the yeshiva noticing. According the Forward, “Rabbi David Ceder, the [Staten Island] yeshiva’s head of security, told the Staten Island daily that he had no knowledge of the case.”
Fifty thousand dollars is a lot of money to slip by their notice. It makes me wonder whether there was inside collusion, astounding incompetence, or irresponsibility.
Rabbi Reuven Feinstein heads the Yeshiva of Staten Island and his brother, Rabbi Dovid Feinstein heads MTJ and the two are organizationally intertwined. Reuven Feinstein is also famous for taking three million dollars from disgraced conversion huckster, Rabbi Leib Tropper and not apologizing for it afterwards, which I parodied on Frum Follies. These two brothers have fallen far from the integrity and diligence of their illustrious father, Rav Moshe Feinstein. Unfortunately, the Haredi world passes control of yeshivas and prestige by inheritance, regardless of the exact qualifications of the sons.