Jewish donors opened their pocketbooks wide to Maryland Rabbi Menachem Youlus, the self-proclaimed “Jewish Indiana Jones.” He spun cloak-and-dagger tales of “rescuing” sacred Torah scrolls lost during the Holocaust, but those tales were lies.
Federal judge Colleen McMahon sentenced Youlus to 51 months in prison, plus three years probation, for defrauding contributors to his Save a Torah Foundation and peddling scrolls with bogus Holocaust provenance. He also was ordered to pay $990,366.05 in restitution to his victims.
Menachem Rosensaft, vice president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants, said after the sentencing: “I do think that, very literally, justice has been done. And clearly Judge McMahon understood the gravity of the offense.”