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Rabbi sentenced in bingo scheme

NEW YORK (JTA) — An Ohio rabbi who admitted to skimming hundreds of thousands of dollars from the sale of instant bingo cards has received three years of probation and was ordered to do 400 hours of community service. Rabbi Jacob Lustig, 72, who served for more than two decades as rabbi of Kneseth Israel Congregation, was also ordered on Tuesday to turn over more than $920,000. Sales of the bingo cards brought in more than $1 million in cash during 1996 and 1997, but his congregation received only some $25,000. Lustig and three others involved in the case pleaded guilty last month to theft charges.

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