Thursday, May 15, 2014
Rabbi, 3 Others, Indicted For Diverting Grant Funds To Religious Schools and Camps
The Queens County, New York district attorney's office announced Tuesday that four men, including Rabbi Samuel Hiller, have been indicted on grand larceny charges for diverting over a 7-year period some $12.4 million in state and city funds meant for special needs students ages 3-5 served by Island Children's Development Center. Approximately $8 million of the funds were diverted by Rabbi Hiller to religious schools and camps, including $3 million to the girl's school at which Rabbi Hiller serves as principal. A civil forfeiture action has also been filed.