Rabbi Osher Eisemann, the founder and director of the School for Children with Hidden Intelligence (“SCHI”), was found not guilty at trial today of three out of the five counts, but was found guilty of second-degree charges of money laundering and misconduct by a corporate official.
Eisemann, 62, was found guilty of those two charges by a Middlesex County jury following a four-week trial before Superior Court Judge Benjamin S. Bucca Jr. Second-degree charges carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison. The jury acquitted Eisemann of charges of first-degree corruption of public resources, second-degree theft by unlawful taking, and second-degree misapplication of entrusted property. The school’s fundraising foundation, Services for Hidden Intelligence, LLC, was acquitted of all charges against it. Sentencing for Eisemann is scheduled for April 29.
Deputy Attorneys General Anthony J. Robinson and John Nicodemo tried the case for the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability. They were assisted at trial by Analyst Nathalie Kurzawa. Eisemann was charged in an April 13, 2018 superseding indictment that was the result of an investigation by the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability (OPIA), assisted by the Division of Criminal Justice Financial & Computer Crimes Bureau. The investigation began with a referral from the New Jersey Department of Education regarding SCHI’s financial practices.
The guilty charges, on counts 3 and 5, hinge on the other counts the defense explained. However, charge 3, which is money laundering, is not possible without the theft. Money laundering is when there is a crime, and then a concealment of the crime. If there was no crime, there cannot be a charge of money laundering. Charge 5, which is corruption of a public official, is not possible without conviction on another charge.
Here is an audio clip of Friday morning’s session, of Eisemann attorney Lee Vartan telling the judge this very concern, as the judge prepared the “jury charge”, which are the instructions to the jury.
Here’s a statement from Rabbi Eisemann’s attorney Lee Vartan following the verdict.
“I would like to thank the entire community for helping out to this point, both in Ruchniyos and in Gashmiyos,” Rabbi Eisemann said. “I cannot be more thankful to all the people who davened, made kaballos, said brachos, donated, and were nosei ba’ol. May Hashem repay you all.”