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N.Y. School Official Sentenced for Theft

September 19, 2006

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) _ One of two administrators behind the theft of as much as $11 million from a school district was sentenced Tuesday to up to 9 years in prison.

Pamela Gluckin, the former superintendent for business for the Roslyn school district on Long Island, received a jail term of 3 to 9 years. She was led away after declining to make any statement in court.

As part of her guilty plea to grand larceny last November, Gluckin agreed to repay $4.3 million _ $2.3 million of which was still outstanding.

In all, six people, including Gluckin’s son and niece, have pleaded guilty in the scandal in which state auditors found that $11.2 million was stolen from the district between 1996 and 2004. Because some of the records are missing or were destroyed, prosecutors were only able to link about $7 million to former Superintendent Frank Tassone and his co-defendants.

Tassone, who admitted stealing at least $2 million, was scheduled for sentencing as well, but was hospitalized in Manhattan after suffering a possible heart attack, his attorney said. His sentencing was rescheduled for Oct. 4.

A report by state Comptroller Alan Hevesi’s office alleged more than 25 school officials, their friends and families benefited from the embezzlement scheme, which went on for more than a decade.

The money was used for Concorde flights to vacations in England, automobiles, cash withdrawals from ATMs and to pay the mortgage on homes in Florida, the Hamptons and Pennsylvania.

Since the scandal broke more than two years ago, school administrators in several other districts have been charged with misusing, or in some cases stealing, taxpayer funds.

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