Sunday, July 11, 2010

An Orthodox Jewish singer has been sentenced to a maximum of three years in prison for swiping $36,000 from a devoted fan

Michoel Streicher was convicted by a Manhattan jury of grand larceny in April 2010 for stealing money from Judy Burstein of Washington Heights in 2005. Burstein gave him the cash to buy a holy scroll for her dying father. While Streicher, 50, apologized to his victim, his defense lawyer said he suffers from "severe" psychological problems - and begged the judge to give the father of 11 children a non-jail sentence. Hayes ordered Streicher, an American whose family lives in Israel, behind bars for at least a year.

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