Solomon Dwek (also known by his Hebrew name Shlomo שלמה) (born c. 1973) of Deal Park, a neighborhood in Ocean Township, New Jersey is a convicted felon of Sephardic Syrian Jewish descent and a former Real Estate Investor.
Dwek led the Deal Yeshiva, a non-profit Orthodox Jewish religious school which his parents founded as vice-president, and ran a real estate empire based on a pyramid scheme in and around Monmouth County under multiple business names. They included; Dwek Properties LLC, Corbett Holdings II LLC and SEM Realty Associates LLC among many others under which Dwek owned a combined 316 area properties at the time of his arrest by the FBI in 2006, for a $50 million bank fraud involving PNC Bank. After his arrest, he became an informant for the FBI in a private sting called Operation Bid Rig; which resulted in the arrest of 44 public officials, politicians and religious leaders in New Jersey and Brooklyn, New York.
Prior to his arrest, Dwek was well known for his philanthropy both inside and outside of the Jewish community; such as in 1998 when he befriended Ryan Michael Saberon, a 7 year old non-Jewish boy with terminal cancer whose medical and funeral expenses were paid by him. Dwek also donated money to fund the construction of a memorial monument to Frank Caltabilota; a local student who was killed in the Boland Hall fire at Seton Hall University in 2000. In addition, Dwek personally financed over $30,000 to refurbish the Lumia Theater in Long Branch, New Jersey.