Ramapo residents, stole millions from school tech program, face prison

Federal prosecutors are urging a judge to sentence six Ramapo residents to prison for their involvement in stealing millions of dollars from a federal program designed to provide computer technology to underprivileged students.

Peretz Klein and his wife, Susan Klein, both of Spring Valley; and Monsey residents Simon Goldbrenner, Moshe Schwartz, Ben Klein, Sholem Steinberg and Aron Melber all entered guilty pleas to conspiracy charges in February.

Sentencing had been delayed from June due to the coronavirus pandemic and is expected in mid-January, according to a memorandum submitted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan. A hearing is likely after defense attorneys file their sentencing memorandums with the court.

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According to the memorandum filed with U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Karas, prosecutors recommended the following:

• Peretz Klein, the conspiracy’s de facto leader — 5 years with a fine ranging from $25,000 to $250,000 and one to three years of supervised release.