Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Charity Fraud: Tens of Millions Taken From Victims


Ten former Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc. (the Claims Conference) employees have been charged, including a former director of the programs that were victimized. 

Three pleaded guilty out of defrauding the Claims Conference out of more than $57 million. 

The Claims Conference, a not-for-profit organization which provides assistance to victims of Nazi persecution, supervises and administers several funds that make reparation payments to victims of the Nazis and is funded by the German government. 

The web of individuals systematically defrauded the programs for over a decade. 

The Claims Conference first suspected the fraud in December 2009, and immediately reported their suspicions to law enforcement, which conducted a wide-reaching investigation.



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