Onetime Jewish Jail Chaplain Accused of Housing Fraud

By Forward Staff

Published September 15, 2011.
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A New York CIty jail chaplain who was fired for organizing “bar mitzvah” bashes behind bars is now accused of abusing federal housing subsidies.

Brooklyn Rabbi Leib Glanz was arrested along with his brother for allegedly stealing $220,000 in subsidized-housing benefits, the city Department of Investigations said in a press release.

The politically connected Satmar rabbi lived in a Williamsburg duplex whose landlord was receiving up to $1,675 a month in federal Section 8 subsidies that were supposed to be earmarked for Glanz’s brother, Menashe.

The brother actually lived somewhere else. The program is designed to benefit low-income tenants.

Menashe over the years paid only about $24 to $93 per month to cover the portion of the rent that wasn’t covered by the Section 8 subsidy, a steal especially in New York’s pricy real estate market, the New York Post reported.

The city’s Department of Investigation, which uncovered the alleged scam while probing Leib Glanz’s parties for Jewish inmates, said it is “the largest individual case of tenant fraud investigated by DOI.”

Leib Glanz, 53, and Menashe Glanz, 49, face up to 15 years in prison, if convicted.

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