7 plead guilty to fraud in $14M school equipment scam

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Seven people pleaded guilty to defrauding a government program that provides electronic equipment to Hudson Valley schools.

Federal prosecutors say the defendants billed E-Rate for equipment and services that were not actually provided to their yeshivas.

Back in 2016, the FBI raided several yeshivas and businesses in Rockland and Orange in connection to the probe.

In total, more than $14 million worth of equipment never made it to schools.

Each defendant pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

 

 

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