Convicted sex offender admitted to sexually assaulting a young girl over a six-year period. Sentenced to 14 years in prison. Zarifa fled to Israel around the same time as the girl came forward with her accusations. He returned to the United States a short time later and was arrested. Upon his release from prison, Zarifa will serve 10 years’ probation and will have to register with New York state as a sex offender.
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- Monsey Man Charged In Public Benefit Swindle (06/01/2012)
- Monsey man charged in public benefits swindle (06/03/2012)
- Monsey man gets 14 years for sexually abusing girl (02/06/2013)
- Rockland Man Gets 14 Years in Prison for Abusing Child Over 6-Year Period (02/06/2013)
- Monsey man Sentenced to 14 Years For Child Sexual Abuse (02/07/2013)
NEW CITY – A Money man, who is in the Rockland County Jail on a 90 count indictment including predatory sexual assault against a child, has been arrested again and charged with felony grand larceny.
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said Eliyahu Zarifa, 46, received over $4,000 in Medicaid benefits to which he was not entitled. He was a recipient of Medicaid assistance through the county Department of Social Services without informing the county of his employment and wages earned from Top Notch Staffing and B&H Photo Company.
He is already in the county jail on the sexual assault charge with bail set in that case at $500,000 bond or $275,000 cash.
If convicted of the Medicaid fraud charge, he cases up to seven years in state prison.
By William Demarest
Nanuet Patch - February 6, 2013
A Rockland County man who admitted sexually abusing a girl over a six-year period, starting when she was 10, has been sentenced to 14 years in state prison.
Eliyahu Zarifa, 46, of 252-H Kearsing Parkway, Monsey, pleaded guilty in August 2012 to one count of Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the First Degree, a class “B” Felony. As part of his sentence, he must also serve 10 years on probation when he gets out of prison and he must register as a sex offender.
District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said Zarifa was charged with having sexual intercourse with a girl who is now 17. The victim is known to the Zarifa.
At about the time the victim disclosed the ongoing sexual abuse, Zarifa fled to Israel. He returned shortly after the disclosure and was arrested by detectives of the Spring Valley Police Department.
“The courage and poise displayed by the victim when she first came forward and during sentencing was undeniable," Zugibe said. "In this case, the defendant occupied a position of trust, but chose to violate that responsibility in the most odious way, leaving a young woman physically and emotionally scarred. The lengthy prison sentence meted out by the Court is more than warranted.”
A Monsey man convicted in August of raping a female child over the course of six years, has been sentenced to 14 years in state prison, the DA’s Office announced on Wednesday.
Eliyahu Zarifa, a resident of 242-H Kearsing Parkway, Monsey, who will turn 47 on March 1, was also sentenced to 10 years post-release supervision. All told he will be under some form of under supervision possibly until he is 70-years-old. He will also have to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law.
Zarifa was charged with having a sexual intercourse with a female child over the course of six years, beginning when the child was 10. The victim, now 17, is known to the defendant. At about the time the victim disclosed the ongoing sexual abuse, the defendant fled to Israel. He returned shortly after the disclosure and was arrested by detectives with the Spring Valley Police Department.
District Attorney Zugibe said, “The courage and poise displayed by the victim when she first came forward and during sentencing was undeniable. In this case, the defendant occupied a position of trust, but chose to violate that responsibility in the most odious way, leaving a young woman physically and emotionally scarred. The lengthy prison sentence meted out by the court is more than warranted.”
In August, Zarifa was found guilty of one count of course of sexual conduct against a child in the first degree, a class “B” felony.
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