Isaac Zucker
Isaac Zucker

A Woodmere lawyer has admitted to stealing more than $634,000 from a local synagogue by wiring cash from the congregation’s accounts into his own over a five-year period.

Isaac Zucker pleaded guilty Friday at Nassau County court to grand larceny.

Prosecutors said that the 49-year-old man stole the money from the Congregation Aish Kodesh in Woodmere between June 2011 and his election to treasurer in 2006.

As treasurer, he was responsible for paying bills for and making deposits and used his access to steal the cash by wiring it into his law practice’s business account and writing himself checks from the temple’s accounts.

The theft was discovered when checks meant to pay the synagogue’s bills started bouncing. Zucker doctored bank statements to make it appear that a $50 balance in one of the synagogue’s account had a balance of $200,000.

He faces up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced April 9.

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