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February 05, 2015

Lawyer Admits $2-Million Theft From Nonprofit N.Y. Cemetery

A suburban New York lawyer pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzling nearly $2-million from a nonprofit Staten Island graveyard, Lower Hudson Valley daily The Journal News reports. Timothy Griffin, former acting president of the United Hebrew Cemetery, faces three to nine years in prison when he is sentenced in April.

Mr. Griffin, of Bronxville, N.Y., was arrested a year ago on charges that he made $1.9-million in unauthorized transfers from a cemetery bank account to an escrow account he controlled. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Mr. Griffin used the money to cover up separate thefts from legal clients, for which he is expected to plead guilty later this month. He was appointed acting head of United Hebrew in 2012 after the previous president and his wife were convicted of stealing some $850,000 from the nonprofit.