The New York Daily News website reports today (September 5, 2011) that former New York City worker Natarajan Venkataram -- a native of India -- was sentenced to 15 years in jail for siphoning $10 million meant for identifying 9/11 world trade center (WTC) victims.
The city has recovered $7 million of the $10 million he and an accomplice stole.
The city medical examiner's office got millions of dollars from the feds to help identify the remains of nearly 3,000 victims.
Venkataram -- then a manager dealing with the medical examiner's computer system -- and his girlfriend, Rosa Abreu, siphoned off millions of dollars via shell companies and fake contract bids.
Abreu was sentenced to six years in jail.