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Jury Frees Simon of Bribery Stigma

Arthur Simon, dismissed Health Department Kashruth investigator, was acquitted in General Sessions Court yesterday, of charges of extortion and bribery initiated by Abraham Gellis of the Isaac Gellis Kosher Provisions Company.

Defense counsellor Samuel Markewich had charged that Simon was “framed” in reprisal for his refusal to “fix” a summons for an alleged kosher food law violation.

The case revolved about an incident at the Broadway Central Hotel on the night of November 7 last when Simon was arrested after a conversation with Gellis by detectives from the district attorney’s office who, according to Wallace, laid a trap for Simon. Although no money was found on Simon, Gellis claimed he had given $250 to him. The detectives testified they saw no money passed.

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