An Israeli citizen who was arrested in New Jersey's largest corruption and money laundering sting three years ago has been sentenced to prison.

A federal judge in Trenton sentenced Levi Deutsch to 18 months and ordered him to forfeit $25,000.

Deutsch pleaded guilty last year to one count of money laundering conspiracy.

Prosecutors say the Brooklyn, N.Y., resident was part of a scheme to illegally launder money through religious charities. They say he and others took $200,000 in checks from government informant Solomon Dwek and returned about 90 percent of it in cash after taking a percentage as a fee.

Dwek allegedly told Deutsch that the money came from the sale of counterfeit handbags.

About two-thirds of the 46 people arrested in the sting have pleaded guilty or been convicted.


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