Queens Rabbi Sen­tenced to Prison for Steal­ing $5M from Special Needs Kids

The Jewish Voice - - NEW YORK - By Han­nah Hayes

AQueens rabbi has re­ceived a prison sen­tence of up to three years for steal­ing $5 mil­lion from special needs stu­dents.

As part of a plea deal, the for­mer head of one of New York City’s main providers of re­sources for preschool chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties, Rabbi Sa­muel Hiller must also pay $1 mil­lion in resti­tu­tion and for­feit more than $1 mil­lion in seized as­sets in ad­di­tion to the jail time. At a later date, Hiller, the for­mer as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of Is­land Child De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter, also agreed to hand over an­other $3 mil­lion.

In April, as part of the plea deal, the 59-year-old Hiller pled guilty to charges of first-de­gree grand lar­ceny, and ad­mit­ted to pock­et­ing city and state funds that were meant for special needs chil­dren in the three to five-yearold age range.

On Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 16, Hiller was sen­tenced by Queens Supreme Court Jus­tice Joseph Zayas to one to three years in state prison.

Ac­cord­ing to The Post, “The dis­graced rabbi used the stolen funds to float his own for-profit sum­mer camps, pros­e­cu­tors said. Three of Hiller’s col­leagues were also charged, and have since pleaded guilty to var­i­ous charges re­lated to the scheme.”

Rabbi Sa­muel Hiller was sen­tenced to one to three years in prison, in ad­di­tion to mil­lions of dol­lars in resti­tu­tion pay­ments and as­set for­fei­tures.

Rabbi Sa­muel Hiller ad­mit­ted to steal­ing $5 mil­lion from young chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties.

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