Rabbi Eliezer Berland, the leader of the Shuvu Banim cult, contracted the coronavirus and is now hospitalized in Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital and is on a respirator.
In June, Rabbi Berland, 84, was sentenced to 18 months in prison by a Jerusalem court after pleading guilty as part of a plea bargain to charges of fraud, extortion, and money laundering.
The prison sentence includes time already served. Berland was imprisoned for a year before being released to house arrest in February.
He was also fined 2,415,000 ($743,250) and was ordered to pay damages to his victims.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)