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Simon Denies Taking Bribe from Gellis Co.

On trial on charges of extortion and bribery, Arthur Simon, dismissed Health Department Kashruth inspector, yesterday denied he had accepted a bribe from Abraham Gellis of the Isaac Gellis Kosher Provisions Company to “fix” a summons for an alleged kosher food law violation.

After character witnesses had testified for Simon, he took the stand in his own defense. The defense is expected to conclude today.