January 9, 2014

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Teachers’ union official charged with stealing from welfare fund


WHITE PLAINS – A high school assistant principal was arrested and charged with felony grand larceny for allegedly stealing $779,000 from teachers’ union funds.

Frank Gluberman, 66, of 47 Waters Edge in Congers is the assistant principal at Woodlands High School in Hartsdale and former treasurer of the Greenburgh Teachers’ Federation and Greenburgh Teachers’ Welfare Fund.

The Welfare Fund receives taxpayer money, negotiated by the Teachers’ Federation, to pay for benefits including dental, optical, legal services, for school teachers and administrators in the district.

Over a period of seven years, from 2006 to 2013, Gluberman allegedly wrote checks for himself from the Greenburgh Teachers’ and Welfare Funds totaling $779,000 by forging the signature of the president, as he needed dual signature authorization to make payments.  The checks were written to himself, his two daughters, and to pay property taxes on two homes he owns.

The larceny came to light when in September 2012, he was promoted to assistant principal and had to relinquish his position as treasurer of the union funds.

Gluberman was arrested on Tuesday by Greenburgh Police. Bail was set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.  If convicted, he faces a maximum of 15 years in state prison.

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