Rabbi Who Pleaded Guilty to Stealing $5 Million of Funds Intended for Special Needs Students Sentenced to Up to Three Years in Prison

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, joined by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, today announced that Rabbi Samuel Hiller, the former assistant director of Island Child Development Center, once one of the City’s largest providers of special education services to preschoolers with disabilities, has been sentenced to up to three years in prison for stealing $5 million in City and State funding between 2005 and 2012 – money that was intended for special needs students between ages three and five.
Island Child Development Center (ICDC), a private not-for-profit company that is now defunct, was located at 1854 Cornaga Avenue in Far Rockaway, Queens, and primarily provided services to preschool children in the Orthodox Jewish communities of Far Rockaway in Queens, Williamsburg and Borough Park in Brooklyn.

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