Rockland E-Charge rip-off ringleader Peretz Klein sentenced

Amora R Jelo

A Spring Valley man has been sentenced to 4 years in federal jail and should repay $1.14 million for stealing hundreds of thousands of {dollars} from a federal program designed to offer laptop expertise to underprivileged college youngsters.

Peretz Klein was thought of the ringleader of the scheme involving his spouse and 5 different Ramapo residents, who conspired to tear off the federal E-Charge program, which provided supplied billions of federal {dollars} to put in computer systems and trendy expertise in needy faculties.  

Klein, his spouse Susan, their son Ben, and Sholem Steinberg, of Monsey, acted as distributors, federal prosecutors mentioned, requesting greater than $35 million in E-Charge funds and acquired greater than $14 million from about 2010 to 2016, prosecutors mentioned.

Peretz Klein, owner of Hashomer Alarm, Inc. is seen leaving his office at 29 Robert Pitt Drive in Spring Valley, cloaked under his jacket as federal agents collect evidence on Wednesday, March 16, 2016.

E-rate rip-off: Ramapo residents who stole hundreds of thousands from college tech program face jail advice

Sentencing memorandum: Federal prosecutors define the crimes and advocate sentences.

Ramapo: FBI, Rockland DA make 7 arrests in $14M laptop fraud rip-off

Choose Kenneth Karas sentenced Susan Klein to time served, one 12 months of supervised launch, and ordered her accountable together with her husband to pay $1.14 million in restitution, in accordance with paperwork filed with the U.S. District Court docket in White Plains.

https://www.lohud.com/story/information/native/rockland/2022/07/27/rockland-erate-scam-ringleader-peretz-klein-sentenced/65384369007/

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