Ex-New Square Clerk Pleads Guilty In Massive Federal Fraud Case From 1997

Avrum David Friesel, 57, a son of the New Square’s only mayor and the former village clerk, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court this morning to a federal conspiracy count involving the theft of tens of millions of dollars from federal education and anti-poverty programs.
Friesel fled prosecution for 11 years following a 64-count indictment in 1997 against himself, five other New Square residents and a New York City man. Friesel spent years in Israel before moving to Great Britain, where he was arrested in London in 2008 and extradicted in 2009 back to the United States.
Friesel faces a maximum of five years in prison when sentenced June 15 in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on his guilty plea to conspiracy, a minimum fine of $250,000 and an order to pay $11.6 million in restitution under the plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan.
Four other New Square residents and a New York City man were convicted in the massive fraud case  and served prison times. President Bill Clinton commuted the sentences of four of them.
One man, Nathan Adler, remains a fugitive.
More details at lohud.com

Avrum David Friesel in above photo.

Steve Lieberman

Steve Lieberman joined The Journal News as an editor in February 1984 and became a reporter during the spring of 1986. He has covered police, courts and legal issues for more than a decade, after reporting on county, town, village and state governments and general issues. He received more than a dozen state awards for writing and reporting. Born and raised in The Bronx, he has lived in Rockland since 1988.