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