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Far Rockaway, NY - NYC Rabbi Gets Prison For Misappropriating Funds

Published on: October 17, 2017 01:43 PM
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FILE - Rabbi Samuel Hiller at his arrest FILE - Rabbi Samuel Hiller at his arrest

Far Rockaway, NY - A New York City rabbi has been sentenced to prison for misappropriating funds that were marked for disabled preschoolers.

Hiller was assistant director of the now-defunct Island Child Development Center located in Far Rockaway on Cornaga Avenue. It provided services to Jewish communities in Far Rockaway, Queens, and Brooklyn’s Williamsburg and Borough Park neighborhoods.

The funds were misappropriated to cover educational expenses of another institution, now no longer run by the defendant. The defendant was charged with first degree grand larceny, NY PL 155.42. The sentence was limited to between one to three years due to the fact that Hiller derived no benefit from the vast majority of the funds.

State prison is mandatory for anyone convicted under PL 155.42. The statute has a maximum sentence of eight and one third to twenty five years behind bars. Predicate felons, those with felony records within the past ten years, face a minimum of four and one half to nine and a maximum of twelve and one half to twenty five years in state prison.

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Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown and state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli made the sentencing announcement on Tuesday that Hiller will be sentenced to between one to three years.

Restitution is part of Hiller’s plea agreement.

Three co-defendants also pleaded guilty for their involvement, which occurred between 2005 and 2012.



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 Oct 17, 2017 at 01:53 PM Orthodox are Hypocrites Says:

Stealing from disabled preschoolers? That's low.

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 Oct 17, 2017 at 02:06 PM Anonymous Says:

Let's hope for longer sentence here.

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 Oct 17, 2017 at 02:26 PM Anonymous Says:

Nothing but a gnavav-a thief! I'm surprised that he received such a light sentence. He should consider himself lucky.

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 Oct 17, 2017 at 03:02 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Orthodox are Hypocrites Says:

Stealing from disabled preschoolers? That's low.

Stealing from anyone? That's low.

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 Oct 17, 2017 at 03:11 PM alterknaker Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Let's hope for longer sentence here.

Leave it to the EIBISHTER to take care of him, he doesn't need your support, just look after yourself and your family, before the long arms of justice pursuits you

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 Oct 17, 2017 at 03:22 PM Orthodox are Hypocrites Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

Stealing from anyone? That's low.

Stealing or "misappropriating" from defenseless people is worse than from defensed people.

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 Oct 17, 2017 at 03:25 PM Anonymous Says:

Please slow down and read the article more carefully. There is no indication that this defendant personally benefited, rather that moneys were diverted from one school to another. He has been a pillar of the community for 30 years or more, and we are sorry to see him suffer for these mistakes.

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 Oct 17, 2017 at 03:48 PM Anonymous Says:

To #7- Can you read? The article originally stated that the defendant used some funds to remodel his home, and to buy jewelry, as well as pay for a wedding. For some reason, that portion of the article was conveniently deleted, after it initially appeared.

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 Oct 17, 2017 at 03:54 PM Orthodox are Hypocrites Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

Please slow down and read the article more carefully. There is no indication that this defendant personally benefited, rather that moneys were diverted from one school to another. He has been a pillar of the community for 30 years or more, and we are sorry to see him suffer for these mistakes.

It doesn't matter who benefits. Nobody benefits from vandalism, but it's still a crime.

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 Oct 17, 2017 at 04:36 PM savtat Says:

Oy Vie izz meer.

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 Oct 17, 2017 at 04:42 PM Phineas Says:

Doesn't sound like he personally benefited. It's wrong but such sin'a seems misplaced.

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 Oct 17, 2017 at 04:44 PM Anonymous Says:

Who needs enemies if yiddn can stoop so low? Mind boggling!!! To beg prison for a fellow Jew? For money? Betcha u all once had run ins w the law and were more successful not to b caught. We shld go about our business and not share hostile comments on anyone. Gross!

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 Oct 17, 2017 at 05:06 PM donaldtrumpisgay Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Who needs enemies if yiddn can stoop so low? Mind boggling!!! To beg prison for a fellow Jew? For money? Betcha u all once had run ins w the law and were more successful not to b caught. We shld go about our business and not share hostile comments on anyone. Gross!

If you beg for prison for blacks and not for jews, you are a hypocrite. And as for criminal behavior, you thugs may not know it but some of us are law abiding citizens.

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 Oct 17, 2017 at 05:24 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #12  
Anonymous Says:

Who needs enemies if yiddn can stoop so low? Mind boggling!!! To beg prison for a fellow Jew? For money? Betcha u all once had run ins w the law and were more successful not to b caught. We shld go about our business and not share hostile comments on anyone. Gross!

No - since Bar Mitzva age I have never stolen from anyone.

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 Oct 17, 2017 at 05:37 PM yaakov doe Says:

I'm saddened each time I read of one of our own committing a crime, whether they are caught, convicted or evaded punishment. There is no defense for the gravity of chillul Hashem in the next world.

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 Oct 17, 2017 at 06:54 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

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yaakov doe Says:

I'm saddened each time I read of one of our own committing a crime, whether they are caught, convicted or evaded punishment. There is no defense for the gravity of chillul Hashem in the next world.

You sound like a ywn commenter, but you are right. Jews should not commit crimes.

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 Oct 17, 2017 at 08:00 PM mark m Says:

Sadly I helped him start the program He came to my office begging for help I asked my staff to help him with all the paperwork,After he started the program many of his staff came to me to complain of his total disrespect of the laws and was abusive to all including me who helped him. As a result of his corruption thousands of our children are being denied essential special ed services This so called Rabbi Hiller has a special place in hell

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 Oct 17, 2017 at 08:05 PM favish Says:

Reply to #6  
Orthodox are Hypocrites Says:

Stealing or "misappropriating" from defenseless people is worse than from defensed people.

oh yeah...madoff and friends etc etc are....?
just like you dont observe the rule of 'ish achod yechta v'alkol huaydah yiktzof?' may eibishter pay you in kind!!

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 Oct 17, 2017 at 08:05 PM farrockgrandma Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

To #7- Can you read? The article originally stated that the defendant used some funds to remodel his home, and to buy jewelry, as well as pay for a wedding. For some reason, that portion of the article was conveniently deleted, after it initially appeared.

No. That part of the article referred to the other defendants. As for the camps mentioned, they were part of the school. Not proper, but not jewelry and wedding costs for Rabbi HIller.

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 Oct 17, 2017 at 11:55 PM Orthodox are Hypocrites Says:

Reply to #18  
favish Says:

oh yeah...madoff and friends etc etc are....?
just like you dont observe the rule of 'ish achod yechta v'alkol huaydah yiktzof?' may eibishter pay you in kind!!

I didn't say anything about Madoff and friends. I said stealing from kids is worse than stealing in general, which is also very bad.

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 02:21 AM Anonymous Says:

Whichever way you slice it, it is theft. But stealing from a population that needs so much has to be at the bottom of the barrel. I don't care where he siphoned the money to, look who he harmed. He deserves jail.

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 05:58 AM SHHHH Says:

Reply to #17  
mark m Says:

Sadly I helped him start the program He came to my office begging for help I asked my staff to help him with all the paperwork,After he started the program many of his staff came to me to complain of his total disrespect of the laws and was abusive to all including me who helped him. As a result of his corruption thousands of our children are being denied essential special ed services This so called Rabbi Hiller has a special place in hell

Ummm
It for sure doesn’t sound like you have a itch to scratch with him
Repeat after me “I’m a bitter person”

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 11:11 AM cyrano Says:

I knew Rabbi Hiller many years ago. He is not a dishonest person. He is, however incredibly stupid. He could have believed that the school he transferred money to also qualified for the funding for the learning disabled, and therefore he could have thought it is permissible. Some might think that this defense of him is preposterous, but I know him. He is truly an idiot, not a thief.

Leaders of other minorities on the other hand, get a pass on their indiscretions. Al Sharpton, for example was never charged with extortion, although he blatantly blackmails companies into giving him money by threatening to foment racial tensions among their employees. He sells what he calls "racial discrimination insurance". If a person of Italian descent offers "protection", to a shopkeeper he will surely go to jail, but not Al Sharpton.

Hillary Clinton gets a free pass for charging her personal expenses to her Foundation. In the United States we have the illusion of justice, but we don't have justice; we have politics.

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 12:04 PM Orthodox are Hypocrites Says:

Reply to #21  
Anonymous Says:

Whichever way you slice it, it is theft. But stealing from a population that needs so much has to be at the bottom of the barrel. I don't care where he siphoned the money to, look who he harmed. He deserves jail.

Exactly.

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 12:04 PM Trump, Putin--just kiss already! Says:

Reply to #23  
cyrano Says:

I knew Rabbi Hiller many years ago. He is not a dishonest person. He is, however incredibly stupid. He could have believed that the school he transferred money to also qualified for the funding for the learning disabled, and therefore he could have thought it is permissible. Some might think that this defense of him is preposterous, but I know him. He is truly an idiot, not a thief.

Leaders of other minorities on the other hand, get a pass on their indiscretions. Al Sharpton, for example was never charged with extortion, although he blatantly blackmails companies into giving him money by threatening to foment racial tensions among their employees. He sells what he calls "racial discrimination insurance". If a person of Italian descent offers "protection", to a shopkeeper he will surely go to jail, but not Al Sharpton.

Hillary Clinton gets a free pass for charging her personal expenses to her Foundation. In the United States we have the illusion of justice, but we don't have justice; we have politics.

Hiller-y is a criminal.

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 12:51 PM MARK M Says:

Reply to #23  
cyrano Says:

I knew Rabbi Hiller many years ago. He is not a dishonest person. He is, however incredibly stupid. He could have believed that the school he transferred money to also qualified for the funding for the learning disabled, and therefore he could have thought it is permissible. Some might think that this defense of him is preposterous, but I know him. He is truly an idiot, not a thief.

Leaders of other minorities on the other hand, get a pass on their indiscretions. Al Sharpton, for example was never charged with extortion, although he blatantly blackmails companies into giving him money by threatening to foment racial tensions among their employees. He sells what he calls "racial discrimination insurance". If a person of Italian descent offers "protection", to a shopkeeper he will surely go to jail, but not Al Sharpton.

Hillary Clinton gets a free pass for charging her personal expenses to her Foundation. In the United States we have the illusion of justice, but we don't have justice; we have politics.

Not so he has a long record of being abusive and not paying staff causing great pain

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 01:01 PM Trump, Putin--just kiss already! Says:

Reply to #26  
MARK M Says:

Not so he has a long record of being abusive and not paying staff causing great pain

That's not unique to him. Other institutions also are abusive and don't pay their staff.

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 01:23 PM cyrano Says:

Reply to #26  
MARK M Says:

Not so he has a long record of being abusive and not paying staff causing great pain

I know that! It's just that he was such a perfect sidekick, a Stan Laurel if you will, to his partner's portrayal of Oliver Hardy. The resemblance is astonishing, don't you think?

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 Oct 18, 2017 at 10:48 PM Bayswater Says:

Rabbi Hiller is an exceptionally warm and caring person. He went above and beyond the call of duty to care for his students and their families. I am extremely grateful for the sincere concern that he showed to all of my children, even those that were not his students. I was amazed by how he could remember so many students' names! He made my kids feel loved. He always showed me genuine respect and courtesy, although my family and I are no-names. Please be careful of your criticisms, folks. It's unfair.

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