Real estate agent’s bankruptcy hits Jewish group

Rabbi Hanoch Hecht, director of the Rhinebeck Jewish Center and co-director of Chabad of Dutchess County, said Rhinebeck real estate agent Lance Lavender had accepted an $8,500 down payment from him for the purchase of some land in the town for the new center. Hecht said Lavender told him the money had been placed in an escrow account and would be returned to the group if the deal fell through.

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