web analytics
August 28, 2015 / 13 Elul, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Staten Island Cemetery Ripped Off $ Millions by Second Official

Brought in to handle the mess created by former operators who stole from the cemetery, the new guy - their lawyer! - stole nearly $2 million more.
New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman
Photo Credit: N.Y. Attorney General website

It was not enough that the United Hebrew Cemetery on Staten Island was operated by a couple who embezzled more than a million  dollars from the bank account of the cemetery. When the cemetery’s board of directors found out about the financial mismanagement, they brought in the cemetery’s outside counsel, Timothy G. Griffin, to straighten out the financial mess.

Instead, Griffin created a bigger one.

After being named acting president of the cemetery, Griffin then stole nearly $2 million from the kitty, according to a finding by New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

According to court papers which have been unsealed, between October 5, 2012 and Jan. 3 of this year, Griffin transferred a total of $1.95 million from the nonprofit cemetery’s permanent maintenance fund into his own attorney escrow account. He accomplished this through a series of separate wire transfers, ranging from $250,000 to $385,000.

Griffin, 54, was arrested and arraigned on Monday, Feb. 10, on seven counts of grand larceny. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered back to court on Feb. 24 for a conference.

Griffin potentially faces a maximum of eight and one-third to 25 years behind bars if convicted of the top count, first-degree larceny.

“It’s always sad and shocking when we discover that someone used a charity as their own personal piggy bank,” said Schneiderman in a statement. “Stealing from not-for-profit organizations is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”

The former cemetery director, Ilana Friedman, was sentenced last October to a three-year conditional discharge after she and her husband, Arthur S. Friedman, reimbursed the cemetery $1 million and forked over $100,000 to Schneiderman’s office to defray its investigative costs. The husband was the former president of the cemetery. Both Friedmans have been permanently banned from working in the funeral or cemetery industry.

Charles Greinsky, president of Congregation B’nai Israel in Bay Terrace, said hundreds of congregation members and their families have plots at the cemetery.

“It’s disgusting,” he said of the allegations against Griffin. “You go from one thief to a bigger thief,” according to a local paper.

United Hebrew Cemetery is a Jewish nonprofit cemetery located at 122 Arthur Kill Road in Staten Island.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

4 Responses to “Staten Island Cemetery Ripped Off $ Millions by Second Official”

  1. H Fragman Abramson says:

    I think we should make them wear a big red gimel for gonef!! I am appalled but not necessarily surprised anymore. Thieves are everywhere. These people actually took the money when no one was watching. Other non-profs openly pay extraordinary sums–like almost $700K annually for part time work for one soon-to-retire org head… Disgusting any way you look at.

  2. Les Legato says:

    Put "thief" on their tombstones.

  3. Alan Kardon says:

    Seize all his and family property. Make him a client. I am sure this will prevent future situations like this.

  4. Henry Palmer says:

    They are stealing from the dead's ider ? Nothing remains sacre any more !

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Ben Cohen
Anti-Zionism’s Falling Mask
Latest News Stories
State Department Spokesperson John Kirby. Aug. 27, 2015.

A report by the entity responsible for ensuring the peaceful development of nuclear energy worldwide and the one upon which the world depends for monitoring Iran’s nuclear activity revealed that over the past few months Iran has been working on and adding to a building at its Parchin site. Parchin is an Iranian military complex located southeast of Tehran. It […]

.

Israeli artists build an ice wall at the Davidson Center, near the Kotel in Jerusalem. The wall was based on a piece by American artist Allan Kaprow who built something similar in Israel, in 1980, perpendicular to the Temple Mount. Photos by Yonatan Sindel / Flash90.

JDL Canada Protest

About 30 protesters from the Jewish Defense League on Wednesday evening stood at a picket line holding Israeli and Canadian flags outside billionaire Bernard (Barry) Sherman’s north Toronto home during his cocktail fundraiser for the Liberal party.

The bombed Khobar Towers

Mughassil, 48, is believed to be the leader of the Iran-supported Hezbollah Al-Hejaz group.

The Donald and the Cruz together against Iran on Sept. 9 at D.C. rally.

Iranian born Tennor Ramtin Ghazavi, a frequent performer at Italy’s La Scala, on Tuesday told San Jose Mercury News that the Islamic revolution that removed the Shah in 1979 “takes a dim view” of most musical forms, including opera.

For a state that goes out of its way to discriminate in favor of one group, Israel receives high grades in treatment of immigrants of all colors and creeds, beating out the UK, the US and Saudi Arabia.

If the administrative orders weren’t undemocratic enough, police raided a conference discussing those orders, arresting a number of the participants.

DM Ya’alon advises “zero tolerance” in dealing with violence against hareidi-religious IDF soldiers.

Maloney said that despite the administration’s diplomatic efforts, she could not support the Nuclear Iran Deal.

Rabbi Yehuda Glick has produced a new guidebook — ‘Arise and Ascend’ — to the Temple Mount.

Politicians always remember you when they need you, and no one remembers better than President Barack Obama.

Another Jewish property in Silwan valley, where the British expelled Yemenite Jews 77 years ago, once again is in Jewish hands.

Moshe Krausz died alone and almost forgotten despite his saving more Jews than Schindler and Kasztner combined.

Torah sages surrendered to the High Court’s ruling that a “Deputy Minister” cannot act as Minister.

190 military officers signed a letter to the Congressional leadership, warning against the Nuclear Iran Deal.

More Articles from Lori Lowenthal Marcus
State Department Spokesperson John Kirby. Aug. 27, 2015.

A report by the entity responsible for ensuring the peaceful development of nuclear energy worldwide and the one upon which the world depends for monitoring Iran’s nuclear activity revealed that over the past few months Iran has been working on and adding to a building at its Parchin site. Parchin is an Iranian military complex located southeast of Tehran. It […]

Donald Trump, running to be the Republican nominee for president

The Donald and the Cruz together against Iran on Sept. 9 at D.C. rally.

Maloney said that despite the administration’s diplomatic efforts, she could not support the Nuclear Iran Deal.

190 military officers signed a letter to the Congressional leadership, warning against the Nuclear Iran Deal.

Billboards up in Baltimore calling on Maryland Senators Cardin and Mikulski to vote against the Nuclear Iran Deal.

Tehran ‘rejects the existence of any Israeli on Earth’ and told the P5+1 that during JCPOA negotiations.

How they vote in September (on the Iran deal) will be remembered in November, is the message to US legislators.

Judge sets relatively low bond for PA and PLO in terrorism case after US govt asked that it not be too onerous.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/staten-island-cemetery-ripped-off-millions-by-second-official/2014/02/11/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: