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Ex-executive director gets jail for stealing from New York City nonprofit Met Council

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ALBANY, New York — The former executive director of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty has been sentenced to a year in jail, having pleaded guilty to grand larceny for his part in a kickback scheme among the New York City nonprofit's executives.

Authorities say David Cohen has paid $650,000 in restitution to the council after their investigation showed that he, former chief executive William Rapfogel and others stole about $9 million over 20 years through insurance kickbacks.

He is the last of six people sentenced in the scheme, which was investigated by the New York comptroller's and attorney general's offices.

The Met Council gets city and state grants and provides help to the poor and elderly.

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