Year later, still no indictments in alleged welfare scheme

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LAKEWOOD -

(AP) - More than a year after 13 Orthodox Jewish couples were arrested and charged with underreporting income to qualify for welfare payments in New Jersey, no indictments have been handed up.

Authorities tell The Asbury Park Press that's because the cases are complex. Normally, indictments follow the filing of charges by three to four months.

The arrests raised tensions in the town of Lakewood, which has seen a large influx of ultra-Orthodox Jewish families. Among those arrested were a rabbi and the former leader of a Jewish religious school.

Incidents of vandalism were reported after the charges were announced last July.

Flyers posted on cars around the town cited the arrests, and someone posted a banner containing an anti-Jewish slur on a Holocaust memorial in front of a synagogue.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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