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Cemetery Administrator Pleads Guilty to Grand Larceny

An administrator with the United Hebrew Cemetery on Staten Island recently admitted to looting $1.1 million from the cemetery over a six-year period, according to a report in the New York Daily News.

Ilana Friedman, 51, spent the embezzled money on personal items, including groceries and tickets to Broadway shows, the newspaper reported.

Friedman admitted to grand larceny. She’s now forbidden from working in the cemetery and funeral business, and she must repay $1.1 million. Her husband was the cemetery's former president.

“The Friedmans abused their posts at this Staten Island cemetery to enrich themselves and must now pay for their shameless misconduct,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman told the newspaper.

Friedman’s husband, Arthur, is also barred from working in the funeral or cemetery profession. He neglected to stop the fraud and benefited from it, according to published reports.

Posted April 17, 2013


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