Scamming Satmar Rabbi Gets Caught – Again
This time, Rabbi Leib Glanz tries to scam a federal judge
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Rabbi Leib Glanz was pushed out as a NYC city jail chaplain in 2009 after the New York Post revealed that Glanz had arranged for the son of an inmate in the Tombs jail to have an extravagant bar mitzvah in the Tombs that was attended by a bevy of family friends and relatives, and a handpicked guest list of fellow inmates. He also allegedly allowed Jewish inmates (and other inmates he favored) to use his office to watch porn, eat large amounts of free kosher snack food, and make free phone calls not subject to jail supervision, and allegedly arranged engagement parties in the Tombs, as well.
Glanz also took a silver kiddush goblet (valued at at least $500 two years ago) from the bar mitzvah boy’s wealthy family as a ‘thank you gift’ for arranging the unethical bar mitzvah party. He was reprimanded for allowing the party and eventually fined $2,500 for taking the silver.
Later in 2009, Glanz was caught illegally using an official active duty Uniformed Firefighters Association parking placard to double park and to park no parking zones – including in front of schools where school buses need access to pick up and drop off students.
Then in September 2011, Glanz and his brother were arrested and charged for a long-running fraud that allegedly stole $220,000 from the federal Section 8 Housing program, which is designed to give housing assistance to the poor. Glanz pleaded not guilty, and the case has not yet gone to trial.
But that federal indictment allegedly didn’t stop Glanz’s scams.
Glanz was reportedly given permission to travel out of New York City to upstate New York by a federal judge after Glanz, through his lawyer Alan Vinegrad, submitted a request that claimed that Glanz needed to make the trip to provide “religious-related services” for the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, where he once served as the Jewish chaplain.
Glanz is free on $50,000 bail in the federal housing subsidy case, and a judicial order was necessary to modify the bail conditions to allow Glanz to travel.
But the Greene County Sheriff Gregory Seeley told the New York Post that he hasn’t spoken with the disgraced Rabbi Glanz in more than a year, since he belated learned that Glanz was arrested for federal housing subsidy fraud. More than that, Sheriff Seeley doesn’t plan to speak to Glaz ever again.
“I had to read about it in The Post that he got himself jammed up,” Seeley told the Post. “I just can’t be affiliated with people like that. Period.”
Vinegrad had reportedly written Manhattan federal Judge Kevin Castel last week that Glanz “has rendered religious-related services on behalf of Greene County . . . and anticipates doing so in the future.” He also noted that the Greene County Sheriff’s office is located in Catskill, New York, which was outside the geographic area Glanz’s bail allowed him to be in.
But when The Post found out that Sheriff Seely had dumped Glanz, Vinegrad reportedly wrote another letter to the judge late Friday, retracting. The first letter “incorrectly described the nature of the services the rabbi anticipates providing in the future,” Vinegrad reportedly wrote.
No word yet on whether Vinegrad intends to keep the ever-scamming rabbi as a client.