Prosecution to charge sect leader Berland over tax evasion

The state prosecution has informed attorneys for Rabbi Eliezer Berland that it intends to charge him with money laundering, tax evasion and other financial crimes, according to reports in Hebrew-language media.

Rabbi Eliezer Berland arrives for a hearing at the Jerusalem District Court on February 28, 2020. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Berland, the head of the Hasidic Shuvu Bonim sect, is already facing charges over his alleged role in a miracles for money scam in which he is accused of taking millions from sick people for prayers or fake cures.

Berland previously served time in prison for sexual assault, following a several-year international manhunt.

The new charges can only be filed after he is given a hearing.