Fraud­ster pleads: don’t treat my fam­ily as guilty

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY CHAR­LOTTE OLIVER

AFRAUDSTER­jailedafter­steal­ingfrom his in-laws, and who al­legedly stole thou­sand­sof pounds­fro­ma­com­mu­ni­tyeruv fund, has pleaded that his fam­ily should not be treated as “guilty by as­so­ci­a­tion”.

Dan Ja­cobs wrote to the JC this week from his prison cell in Worm­wood Scrubs,af­ter­be­ingsen­tenced­last­month to five years be-hind bars for five counts of fraud. He stole £120,573 fr o m hi s wife’s par­ents and el­derly grand­mother to fu n d hi s ga mbl in g ad­dic­tion.

He is also al­leged to havestolen£40,000from­thetrustestab­lished to oversee the con­struc­tion of the El­stree&Bore­ham­wood­eruv,af­ter­act­ing as its com­pany sec­re­tary.

In his let­ter he ad­mit­ted: “My ac­tions are noth­ing to be proud of, wrong, al­most bar­baric. What I did to my own fam­ily was some­thing peo­ple won’t ever be able to imag­ine.” But he added: “My fam­ily, my wife and chil­dren are vic- tims and not guilty by as­so­ci­a­tion. It is be­cause of my ac­tions that, for ex­am­ple, my son will have to cel­e­brate his bar­mitz­vah with­out his fa­ther present.”

He said he hoped his con­vic­tion would serve as a les­son to peo­ple suf­fer­ing sim­i­lar ad­dic­tions. He warned: “For those peo­ple, please take ac­tion now, be­fore it is too late.”

Mean­while, El­stree & Bore­ham­wood Syn­a­gogue, which Ja­cobs for­merly be­longed to, ha s re j e c t e d ru­mours that it has os­tracised the fami l y an d has prev en t e d Ja c obs’ s son from ha v i n g hi s bar-

Ja­cobs, and his let­ter to the mitz­vah at the shul.

A spokesper­son said: “Bore­ham­wood & El­stree Syn­a­gogue is pleased to wel­come Mrs Ja­cobs and her fam­ily to our com­mu­nity for their sim­chah.

“We are cur­rently work­ing with the fam­ily to en­sure that the oc­ca­sion is cel­e­brated ap­pro­pri­ately.”

JC

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