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When "Ex-Gay" Means Ex-Con: NARTH Leader Exposed As Convicted Scam Artist

James Hartline isn't the only "ex-gay leader" who has spent a lot of time in the can. In a joint investigation, Truth Wins Out and South Florida Gay News have unmasked a leader of the infamous NARTH "ex-gay" group as a convicted scam artist. Surprise! Not! And NARTH isn't the only "ex-gay" outfit he's involved with.
The leader of JONAH, Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality, Arthur Abba Goldberg, is now also serving as President of his Jersey City temple. He was sent to federal prison 20 years ago for a conspiracy to defraud the United States of America. Additionally, Goldberg is presently the Executive Secretary of NARTH- the National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality. The group hopes to heal “unwanted homosexuality” through “therapeutic care.”

One more group he supervises is PATH- Positive Alternatives to Homosexuality- a coalition of religious, ministerial, and ex-gay groups promoting “non-gay alternatives to homosexual lifestyles.” He is their President. Goldberg, who reinvented himself in 2000 as the founder of JONAH, was found guilty in 1989 of numerous felonies in multiple jurisdictions. The charges ranged from federal mail and wire fraud to conspiracy counts as a result of a bogus bond writing scheme.

Goldberg was sentenced to eighteen months imprisonment in the Central District of California, which he served concurrently with a an Illinois sentence imposed at the same time. It was followed by five years of supervised probation and a $100,000 fine, eventually paid on November 24, 1999. K. William O’Connor, the U.S. attorney who put him away, said at his sentencing that Goldberg was “a man who habitually took advantage of people who were economically dependent upon him; that he did not hesitate to lie or cheat or cover up to achieve his criminal aim. His greed has cause incalculable harm...”
Read the entire expose, it's dee-lish-shush. What's that, Porno Pete LaBarbera? You got nuttin'? Not after citing NARTH in dozens of laudatory posts? Including one attacking me? BWAH HA HA infinity.

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