August 14, 2013
By Diane Cohen
New York, NY – William Rapfogel, who has led the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty as CEO and President since 1992, has been fired and is under investigation by NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. In a statement released by Met, the organization announced that the Met Council Board recently became aware of specific information regarding financial irregularities and misconduct concerning William Rapfogel. An internal investigation is now underway and Rapfogel has been terminated.
The Office of NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is reportedly investigating the allegations also. A spokesman for the Attorney General stated that the "matter is the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation conducted in conjunction with the Office of the Comptroller as part of Operation Integrity."
Rapfogel, received compensation of approximately $417,291 during the year ended June 30, 2011 according to the Met Council's most recently available IRS 990 filings. The Board has embarked upon a search to identify a new CEO and will work diligently to appoint a replacement as quickly as possible.