Convicted of stealing $36K from woman who sought Torah scrolls, Jewish-music figure gets jail

A noted singer of Jewish music is headed for prison after being convicted of stealing $36,000 from a New York City woman who says the money was meant to buy Torah scrolls.

Michoel Streicher (MIKH'-oh-ehl STREYE-kuhr) was sentenced Tuesday to one to three years in prison. He apologized and said his conduct was "not intended." He also gave the woman's family a $36,000 check.

The Orthodox cantor has released several albums. Most came out in the 1990s. He's also known as Michael Streicher.

The woman's son says Streicher claimed he could help her get the scrolls. The son says she hoped an ailing relative would be able to use them for religious observance at home.

A jury convicted Streicher of grand larceny.

His family now lives in Israel.