Supreme Court okays extradition of Israeli-American wanted for bank fraud

Ruling clears way for Aryeh Greenes to be sent to US, where he faces charges for filing false statements in loan applications

Aryeh Greenes (L) and Aviv Mizrahi. (Courtesy FBI)
Aryeh Greenes (L) and Aviv Mizrahi. (Courtesy FBI)

JTA — A man with Israeli and American citizenship can be extradited to the United States to face charges in connection with a $33 million bank fraud, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Aryeh Greenes fled to Israel nearly a decade ago after being charged in the US District Court in Los Angeles with bank fraud and making false statements in loan applications between 2004 and 2008, according to the FBI, which identifies Greenes as a rabbi.

Aviv Mizrahi, who also goes by Aviv Shoham Schwartz, also is accused of the fraud and relocated to Israel several years before Greenes, the FBI believes.

Greenes was the chief financial officer of several of Mizrahi’s electronic wholesaling businesses, according to the FBI, and they allegedly used fake financial records to obtain credit from multiple banks.

If convicted Greenes, who is in his early 60s, faces a prison term that would keep him incarcerated for the rest of his life. Mizrahi is in his late 50s.

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