A haredi woman who pleaded guilty to cashing her dead father’s Social Security checks for almost 20 years was sentenced yesterday by a federal judge who gave the distraught thief a no-prison sentence.
Haredi Woman Who Stole More Than $218,000 From Social Security Gets No-Jail Sentence
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
A haredi woman who pleaded guilty to cashing her dead father’s Social Security checks for almost 20 years was sentenced yesterday by a federal judge who gave her a no-prison sentence.
65-year-old Eva Rosenbluh of Borough Park stole a total of $218,194.52 from the Social Security trust fund.
“I would’ve never believed at this stage of my life I would be standing before a judge begging for mercy,” Rosenbluh reportedly said as she sobbed in court yesterday.
Rosenbluh was “so overcome by emotion her lawyer had to finish reading a statement in which she called the fraud conviction ‘very humbling and shameful,’” the Daily News reported.
She could have been sentenced to as much as 18 to 24 months in federal prison. Instead, Rosenbluh was given only three years of probation.
While no fine was imposed, as part of her plea deal Rosenbluh reportedly agreed to sell her three-family Borough Park home within 90 days and repay the government in full.
Rosenbluh and her husband – an accountant – manage their own business and claim to earn a total of only about $31,000 a year.
In a 2011 Daily News article about the murder of Leiby Kletzky, Rosenbluh was identified as the owner of an accessory store on 16th Avenue.
Prosecutors argued against the judge’s lenient sentence.
“She did it for nearly half her adult life. She is paying back what she took ... essentially a 20-year, tax-free loan from the government. She was not driven to the crime,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Paulsen reportedly said.
Federal Judge Allyne Ross reportedly said Rosenbluh posed no risk of committing another crime and a jail sentence would serve no purpose.
“I believe the punishment effected by the loss of her home, the restitution and personal pain is sufficient,” Ross reportedly said.
Rosenbluh’s attorney reportedly called the sentence “a just one.”