detectives accosted Simon, a wad of bills amounting to $250 also was found, it was learned.
The incident occurred on Wednesday night, just before a scheduled meeting between poultry slaughterers and Orthodox rabbis, who were gathered at the Broadway Central in an attempt to conciliate their disagreements.
Simon was present in his capacity as an aide of the Health Commissioner. Before the meeting began, he told reporters, the Gellis official requested him to come with him to the lavatory, where he handed the investigator the summons which had been served on the food firm and asked him if he could “do something about it.”
“I’ll see what I can do,” Simon admits he replied.
Subsequently, he says, four detectives, who, according to hotel employes, had lain in wait for some time, accosted him and the Gellis official and invited them to the District’s Attorney’s offices.
Simon declares he was informally accused by the Gellis executive of having asked and received money from him. This he denied vehemently.
Both the District Attorney’s and the Health Commissioner’s offices were guarded in their statements on the matter last night. Both admitted they were “looking into it, and will have something to say about it soon.” They would not say whether any official charges have been or will be made.
Another phase of apparent ill feeling between the Simon and Gellis forces cropped up in Essex Market Court yesterday before Magistrate Anna Moskowitz Kross, when Joseph Lansner and Samuel Glass, both said to be Gellis employes, were charged with assault on Maurice Goldstein, one of the Simon investigators.
Goldstein declares that when he went to the Gellis establishment at 35 Essex street on the afternoon of November 5 to investigate adherence to the kosher laws there, Lansner and Glass subjected him to physical indignities and forceably ejected him
Magistrate Kross continued the case to a date later this month at the request of counsel for the defendants