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"This is not the time for fright," a member of Lakewood's Vaad, or Jewish council, said during the seminar. "This is the time to look at yourself and say 'am I eligible.'"
Weisberg said the vast majority of people on welfare in town need it. Those who allegedly cheated the system are extreme outliers, he said.
"There are bad actors and bad apples," he said shortly after the arrests. "A lot of this is not, most of this is not."
APP reports Mark Harris, the former U.S. attorney, offered guidance to anyone cowed by the recent arrests. People make mistakes about taxes and benefits all the time," he said. "Making a mistake is not a crime. Being negligent is not a crime. "The crime is to misrepresent...to intentionally do something wrong."
The Lakewood Rosh Yeshiva Rav Dovid Schustal graced the dais.