Rabbi Pleads Guilty in Rent Fraud Scheme

September 5, 2012
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A New York City rabbi who was fired as a Correction Department chaplain for arranging a lavish jailhouse bar mitzvah in 2009 has pleaded guilty to making false statements in connection to a federal housing scheme.

Rabbi Leib Glanz and his brother were charged last year with theft and conspiracy for stealing $220,000 in Section 8 rent subsidies over 15 years. Glanz pleaded guilty on Sept. 4 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.

According to the city's Department of Investigation, this case was the largest individual case of tenant fraud it has ever investigated.