Rabbi Leib Glanz, a scandal-ridden former New York City jails chaplain once caught showering a rich Jewish inmate with special favors, pleaded guilty today along with his brother Menashe to stealing more than $220,000 in federal Section 8 housing subsidies over a 15 year period.
Originally published at 9:18 pm CDT 9-4-2012
Rabbi Leib Glanz, Brother, Plead guilty To Housing Fraud
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Rabbi Leib Glanz, a scandal-ridden former New York City jails chaplain once caught showering a rich Jewish inmate with special favors, reportedly pleaded guilty today along with his brother Menashe to stealing more than $220,000 in federal Section 8 housing subsidies over a 15 year period.
Leib Glanz was allowed to plead guilty to a reduced charge, a misdemeanor count with a maximum one-year sentence. However, he reportedly faces no more than 6 months in prison. He also agreed to repay $36,000 as part of the plea deal.
His younger brother Menashe pleaded guilty to a felony theft charge that has a maximum 10-year prison term. However he reportedly faces only 18 months of prison at most. He also agreed to repay more than $186,000 as part of his plea.
Sentencing is scheduled for January 25, 2013.
New York City’s Department of Investigation reportedly said that the brother’s scheme was the largest individual case of tenant fraud it had ever investigated.
The Glanz brothers lied on housing forms to make it appear as if Menashe Glanz lived in a duplex apartment at 85 Ross Street in Williamsburg owned by Satmar’s United Talmudical Academy.
But, in fact, Menashe Glanz did not live there. Instead, Rabbi Leib Glanz did.
The subsidies were paid to Satmar’s United Talmudical Academy, where Leib Glanz was, for a time, executive director. Leib Glanz signed fraudulent documents while he was an employee of United Talmudical Academy and was apparently representing the organization in an official capacity.
United Talmudical Academy has not been charged.
When Menashe Glanz, now 50-years-old, applied for Section 8 in the mid-1990s, he reportedly listed his family's annual income as $6,630.