GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Frank Gluberman, assistant principal at Woodlands High School in Hartsdale, was arrested Tuesday and charged with second-degree grand larceny after allegedly stealing more than $770,000 over a six-year period, according to Greenburgh police.
Gluberman is also the former Treasurer of the Greenburgh Teacher's Federation (GTF) and the Greenburgh Teacher’s Welfare Fund.
The GTF Welfare Fund receives taxpayer money, which is negotiated by the GTF, to pay for benefits such as dental, optical, legal services, for school teachers and administrators of the school district.
Over a period of seven years, from 2006 to 2013, Gluberman allegedly wrote checks to himself from the Greenburgh Teacher’s Fund checking account and GTF Welfare Fund totaling $778,995, police said.
Gluberman also allegedly forged the signature of the president of the GTF, as he needed dual signature authorization to make payments, according to police.
The checks allegedly written by the defendant were to himself, his two daughters and to pay property taxes on two homes that he owns, officials said.
The alleged larceny came to light in September 2012, when Gluberman was promoted to Assistant Principal and had to relinquish his position at the treasurer of the union funds.
Teachers union President Judie Mirra oversees the 360 member union.
“We, obviously, are deeply troubled by what has occurred,” Mirra said. “Once we suspected questionable transactions, we swiftly took steps to gather and examine records and notify the proper authorities, including law enforcement and the district attorney’s office. We also sought assistance from other experts. The work to determine exactly what happened, and the scope of the apparent misuse of funds, is still in progress.”
“We immediately put into place stronger internal controls to ensure that nothing like this can ever occur again,” she said.
Gluberman, who has been in his current position as vice principal for two years, has worked with the district for almost 30 years and was a teacher at the school and a business administrator for the Greenburgh district. He has served as the welfare-fund administrator since the 1980s.
Gluberman previously taught math and business at North Rockland High School and was an adjunct professor at Rockland Community College.
Greenburgh police and the District Attorney’s office were contacted and initiated an investigation.