Slain Hasid Menachem Stark Named Winner of $18,000 Raffle

Brooklyn Hasid bought raffle tickets in December, before he was kidnapped and murdered.

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The late Menachem Stark, a Satmar real estate investor and philanthropist who was brutally murdered in January, became the winner of an $18,000 raffle on Wednesday, a report said.

According to the Jewish Political Updates website, Stark made a $100 donation during a Hanukkah campaign last December, granting him 100 entries in a Jewish raffle. On Wednesday, his name was drawn for the prize in Brooklyn. His family was notified of the result.

The raffle was organized by the Keren Chasanim of Bobov (a Hasidic sect), a fund that helps couples pay off their wedding expenses.

Meanwhile, financial records revealed Thursday that Stark withdrew $3.6 million from his own business to pay off personal debts a day before he was abducted and murdered. According to the report in Jewish Voice NY, Stark was in severe debt, and had used cashier's checks to pull massive amounts of money during the month before his murder.

Stark, a controversial figure in Borough Park, known for both his charity work in the community and his failure to pay tens of thousands of dollars in fines levied by the city for rental properties in severe disrepair, was kidnapped on January 2 and his body was found burned in Long Island the next day.

No arrests haven been made in the case thus far.

New York Post front page January 5, 2014

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