Head of Met Council on Poverty fired, faces charges

William Rapfogel allegedly inflated insurance bills at the N.Y.-based Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty he led for 20 years to pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars of overcharges for himself.

The scheme was revealed Aug. 12 in the New York Daily News, which based its report on an anonymous source.

Rapfogel, the executive director and CEO of the Met Council until his termination last week, is the focus of a criminal investigation into financial corruption by New York’s state attorney general and comptroller.

According to the Daily News, since at least 2009, Rapfogel is believed to have purchased insurance policies at inflated prices using the Met Council’s money and then received kickbacks from the agent, Century Coverage Corp.

The New York social services agency removed Rapfogel, 58, from his positions following an internal probe that discovered “financial irregularities and apparent misconduct in connection with the organization’s insurance policies,” the organization said on Aug. 12.

On the same day, Rapfogel apologized and said in a statement through his lawyers said, “I deeply regret the mistakes I have made that led to my departure from the organization.”

The Met Council, which provides employment services, crisis intervention, emergency food and other programs for poor Jewish households, said in a statement it would “work diligently to appoint a replacement as quickly as possible.” — jta