Greenburgh Assistant Principal Pleads Guilty in Embezzling $794,865 from Greenburgh Teacher’s Welfare Fund

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WPCNR Crime and Punishment. . From the Office of the Westchester County District Attorney. August 20, 2014 UPDATED AUGUST 21, 2014 :

County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Frank Gluberman (DOB 08/16/47) of 47 Waters Edge, Congers, New York pled guilty today to:

  • one count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony.

(Editor’s note: Mr. Gluberman has been reported by The Journal News as being on paid administrative leave from the Greenburgh Central School District and out on bail since his arrest. He remains on bail until his sentencing. The School District Superintendent’s office and Board of Education did not return a call from WPCNR inquiring about Mr. Gluberman’s employment status with the district.)

The defendant is the Assistant Principal at Woodlands High School in the Hamlet of Hartsdale and former Treasurer of the Greenburgh Teacher’s Federation (GTF) and the Greenburgh Teacher’s Welfare Fund.

The GTF Welfare Fund receives taxpayer money, which is negotiated by the GTF, to pay for benefits such as: dental, optical, legal services, for school teachers and administrators of the school district.

Over a period of seven years, from 2006 to 2013, the defendant wrote checks to himself from the Greenburgh Teacher’s Fund checking account and GTF Welfare Fund totaling more that $794,865.

The defendant forged the signature of the president of the GTF, as he needed dual signature authorization to make payments.

The checks written by the defendant were to himself, his two daughters, and to pay property taxes on two homes that he owns.

The larceny came to light when in September 2012, the defendant was promoted to Assistant Principal and had to relinquish his position at the treasurer of the union funds.

Greenburgh police and the District Attorney’s office were contacted and initiated an investigation.

The defendant was arrested in January 2014 by Greenburgh Police.

Bail was continued at $50,000 cash over $100,000 bond.

Sentencing will be on December 14th, 2014.

The defendant is expected to pay full restitution up-front on the day of sentencing.

The defendant faces a maximum sentence of fifteen years in state prison.

Assistant District Attorney Stephen Ronco of the Public Integrity Bureau is prosecuting the case.

 

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