The last of seven defendants who admitted to defrauding a federal program that provided technology funding for Rockland County Schools has been sentenced to nine months in prison. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York said yesterday that 47 year-old Aron Melber of Monsey also got two years of supervised release and was ordered to pay back nearly $130,000. U.S. Attorney Damian Williams says Melber was an official at a private religious school that participated in the E-Rate program with some of the other defendants, all from Spring Valley and Monsey, and all of whom have already pleaded guilty and been sentenced on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The E-Rate program gives funds to schools and libraries serving economically-disadvantaged children so that those institutions can afford needed telecommunication services, internet access, and related equipment. The schools in this case never received millions of dollars’ worth of these items or services for which the defendants billed the program.