By COLlive reporter in New York
A Jewish website claims to confirm rumors that Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin has been transferred to the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Otisville, NY.
“We received an email from a fellow inmate and a visitor who had a visual confirmation of him being there,” YiddishReport.com reported Monday night.
The short report added that “we also can confirm with certainty that a set of linen and clothing were initialed with his name today.”
Rumors had been circulating throughout Monday as to the whereabouts of Rubashkin, and COLlive received a few emails from people who heard he was transferred to the upstate NY facility.
Rubashkin, former manager of the Agriprocessors meat plant in Iowa, was sentenced to 27 years on federal financial fraud. His lawyers are appealing the sentence as unfair and excessive.
Rubashkin, 51 and a father of 10, was imprisoned at the Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma City after a long stint in the Linn Correctional Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
As of Tuesday 12:42 AM, the online Inmate Locator of the Federal Bureau of Prisons website read:
NAME: Sholom Rubashkin
Register #: 10755-029
Release Date: Unknown
Location: OKLAHOMA CITY FTC
In a conversation Monday afternoon, Leah Rubashkin told COLlive.com she heard the rumor of her husband’s transfer but could not confirm it.
“We spoke at around 8 o’clock this morning from Oklahoma,” she said. “I mentioned to him the possibility of a transfer but he said they usually do so only in the morning hours.”
She said she has not heard from him since, and says she has not been notified of any change of location, nor has anyone in her family or Rubashkin’s lawyers.
Rubashkin requested to serve his sentence in FCI in Otisville, a medium security facility housing white-collar male criminals, said to house some 58 Jews, many from the frum community.
“Otisville is very close to New York City, so it has more access to a Jewish population, to rabbis, and to kosher food,” says a rabbi who deals with prison accommodations. “The Bureau of Prisons kind of unofficially designated it to meet the needs of Orthodox Jews.”