High School Principal Accused of Stealing Nearly $800,000 From Teacher's Union
A 66-year-old assistant principal at a Westchester high school has been charged with siphoning nearly $800,000 over seven years from teacher's union funds he presided over as treasurer, prosecutors say.
Frank Gluberman, assistant principal at Woodlands High School in Hartsdale, was arraigned Wednesday on a charge of second-degree larceny.
Prosecutors allege Gluberman stole from the Greenburgh Teacher's Federation and the Greenburgh Teacher's Welfare Fund, which receives taxpayer money and pays for dental, optical, legal and other services for school teachers and administrators in the district, between 2006 to 2013, when he served as treasurer.
Gluberman allegedly wrote checks to himself from both accounts and forged the union president's signature, which he needed in order to release the payments. He's accused of stealing more than $778,995.
Prosecutors say the checks were made out to Gluberman and to his two daughters. Gluberman also allegedly used the union money to pay property taxes on two homes that he owns.
Authorities discovered the theft when Gluberman was promoted to assistant principal and had to give up his position as treasurer of the union funds. He was arrested Tuesday.
"His cynical raiding of the welfare fund of hundreds of thousands of dollars comes at a time of tight school budgets and dishonors the teachers and administrators who work diligently and professionally on a daily basis in the Greenburgh school system,” Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore said in a statement.
Bail for Gluberman was set at $50,000 cash. Information on an attorney for him wasn't immediately available.
Published at 12:53 PM EDT on Jan 8, 2014