The odd case of the self-styled, globe-trotting "Jewish Indiana Jones" took a sad turn Thursday when Rabbi Menachem Youlus was sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for fraud.
Youlus, known for remarkable tales of rescuing Holocaust-era Torah scrolls, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court on Feb. 2 to having defrauded more than 50 victims, misappropriating some of the donations and secretly depositing them into the bank account of his Wheaton, Md. store, called the Jewish Bookstore. Youlus also defrauded his charity, Save A Torah, Inc. and its donors of $862,000, according to prosecutors. JTA and NY Jewish Week