By Ryan Sit & Cadita Rousseau
A Former Brooklyn jail-house chaplain and his brother pleaded guilty Tuesday in Manhattan Federal Court to defrauding the federal housing program out of $220,000 by stealing 15 years of Section Eight benefits.
“In these trying times, we cannot tolerate stealing from the public,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a court document. Bharara went on to commend the Department of Investigation for their work in exposing the fraud.
The scheme was the largest case of tenant fraud ever investigated by the Department of Investigation and prosecuted by the Manhattan US Attorney.
Pleading guilty were Menashe Glanz and his brother Lieb of Brooklyn to a fraud beginning in 1996 when the brother was awarded Section Eight housing benefits for a duplex he owned at 85 Ross Street in Williamsburg. air jordan spizike Court documents from the 2011 charges against the brothers alleged that Menashe allowed Leib to live rent-free for 15 years until September 2011.Rabbi Leib Glanz’s free ride ended when the brothers were brought up on charges by the New York City Department of Investigation.
The Glanz brothers, facing a maximum sentence of 15 years each, pleaded guilty to fraud, embezzling funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and entering false documents.
Sentencing was set for January 25.