- Associated Press - Saturday, December 20, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - A former special education provider who admitted bilking New York public school systems by paying his relatives for doing little to nothing has been sentenced to repay over $400,000 and serve five years’ probation.

Morton Kramer was sentenced Friday. He pleaded guilty in May to grand larceny charges.

The case stemmed from an audit by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. He says the sentencing shows “that those who abuse the state’s special education system will be held accountable.”

Kramer ran IncludED Educational services, based in Cedarhurst. The now-defunct company provided special education to 3-to-5-year-olds.

DiNapoli’s investigation found IncludED charged New York City’s school system and other school districts for salaries paid to six of Kramer’s relatives.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.’s office prosecuted the case.

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