Becker Assists Winning New Trial for Rabbi Osher Eisemann, Founder of Lakewood NJ’s School for Children with Hidden Intelligence

Becker Assists Winning New Trial for Rabbi Osher Eisemann, Founder of Lakewood NJ’s School for Children with Hidden Intelligence

July 15, 2022 — A Becker litigation team led by James Mahon represented Services for Hidden Intelligence (SCHI), the foundation which funded the SCHI School, a school for special needs children, located in Lakewood, New Jersey at the original trial.

SCHI was charged with several serious criminal violations, including public corruption, grand larceny and money-laundering. In February 2019, the foundation was acquitted on all charges. Rabbi Osher Eisemann, SCHI’s founder, was acquitted on most of the charges but was found guilty of money-laundering.

After an appeal, the case was remanded for resentencing.

Rabbi Eisemann’s counsel, Lee Vartan, of Chiesa, Shahinian & Giantomasi P.C., moved for a new trial, arguing that a new witness had information that exonerated the Rabbi.

Becker was retained as co-counsel for the motion, appearing in the case and participating in the proceedings. Working under Mahon were Becker’s Vincenzo M. Mogavero and Samantha A. Lesser.

On July 12, 2022, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Joseph Paone granted a new trial because of the newly discovered evidence and because materials that could exonerate Rabbi Eisemann were withheld from defense counsel by the New Jersey Attorney General.