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New York City rabbi pleads guilty in fraud scheme

September 5, 2012 5:10:21 AM PDT
A New York City rabbi who was fired as a Correction Department chaplain for arranging a lavish jailhouse bar mitzvah has pleaded guilty to making false statements in connection to a federal housing scheme.

Rabbi Leib Glanz and his brother Menashe Glanz were charged last year with theft and conspiracy for stealing $220,000 in Section 8 rent subsidies over 15 years.

Leib Glanz pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor count that carries a one-year sentence. His brother also pleaded guilty to a theft charge that carries a 10-year term.

They're scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 25.

The city Department of Investigation said the case was the largest individual case of tenant fraud it has ever investigated.

Leib Glanz was ousted as a jail chaplain in 2009.

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