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Woodmere Man Who Stole From Temple Sentenced

Isaac Zucker to spend 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison for grand larceny.

The Woodmere man who stole more than $634,000 from Congregation Aish Kodesh while serving as its treasurer was sentenced Tuesday to 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison, the Nassau District Attorney announced.

Isaac Zucker, 49, pleaded guilty in February to grand larceny in the second degree after he wired cash from the congregation’s accounts into his own. Zucker was also sentenced to pay full restitution. The DA’s Office recommended a prison sentence of 2 1/3 to 7 years. Zucker was sentenced by Judge David Ayres.

Between his election to treasurer in 2006 and June 2011, Zucker stole $634,960 from the Aish Kodesh by wiring the money into his law practice's business account and writing himself checks from the congregation’s accounts, according to District Attorney Kathleen Rice. Zucker, as treasurer, was responsible for paying bills and making deposits.

The theft was discovered in June 2011 when checks meant to pay the synagogue’s bills began bouncing. Doctored bank statements provided to the congregation’s leadership by Zucker showed one account’s balance to be $200,000. In reality, it was only $50.

Zucker was arrested by members of the Nassau County Police Department’s Crimes Against Property Squad at a hotel near MacArthur Airport on June 29, 2011.

“This defendant violated the sanctity of a house of worship, a place designed to act as a place of education, guidance, and friendship for an entire community,” Rice said. “Mr. Zucker was fortunate enough to be placed in a position of trust, yet he abused that trust at every turn, and made a victim out of every congregant.”

Sal Anthony April 10, 2013 at 08:44 AM
Not enough jail time. Pathetic!!! He stole from a temple!!!
Alan Schwartz April 11, 2013 at 06:12 AM
Don't be holier than thou! What kind of jail time would have satisfied you? The guy was caught, tried and sentenced. He's going to have to live with the shame for the rest of his life. I feel sorry for him. He doesn't deserve the death penalty!
Sal Anthony April 11, 2013 at 08:13 AM
Haha ur going to jail enjoy ur new friends.
Igwheet April 11, 2013 at 01:38 PM
Sal -- Zucker did a very bad thing (which, I know, is an understatement), and is now being punished; even if, as some might argue, not severely enough. But aside from ruining his own life, the pain he caused goes far beyond those he stole from. Your comments are just making a tragic story even worse.
Sal Anthony April 11, 2013 at 08:44 PM
He deserves to rot in jail for 10 plus years. Why the sympathy for the crook and none for the victims. He stole from a house of worship for years he could care less about GOD or humans!!! Enjoy your roommates!
kutlerstev April 11, 2013 at 09:29 PM
waste of taxpayers money to keep him any longer ..not that much stolen in the scheme of things
Sean (Local Resident) April 12, 2013 at 03:47 PM
This man should be forced to serve as an employee while in jail doing whatever work he knows (law) and all his earnings be paid to the temple until every cent is repaid. After all the money is repaid then he shall be set free. Or we can get biblical and sentence him to be sold as a slave and repay twice what he stole since he stole so brazenly.
Neil Metz April 14, 2013 at 11:29 AM
Or we can do what they do in the Middle East. Cut off his hands. Hard to steal anything with no hands. That'll teach him.
Sal Anthony April 14, 2013 at 10:18 PM
I agree neil
scottspringer April 14, 2013 at 11:05 PM
neil what about cousin shimon dpm?
scatolojee April 14, 2013 at 11:06 PM
neil what about cousin shimon dpm?
Robert Feldman May 15, 2013 at 12:32 PM
Isaac was my attorney for many years. Of course I don't condone what he did. He was a good honest attorney. He pleaded guilty, saving the county the cost of a trial. It is a first offense. He loses his license to practice. He is required to repay what he took. His was a non-violent offense. Is the community truly well-served by having him spend time in prison? Would it not be better served by having him do community service for the same number of years
Sal Anthony June 23, 2013 at 04:55 AM
Ur a jerk ronald he probably stole from u to. Duh

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