Friday, July 5, 2013

Israeli -Related Charity Fraud

by Gary Snyder

According to New York's state attorney general, 19 organizations tied to four individuals were fraudulent set-ups intended to aggressively hoodwink Israel supporters into donations that were mostly used for their own benefit. 

Eric Schneiderman alleged the four "brazenly abused the generosity of the public” by withdrawing more than $2.5 million raised in donations for personal and family expenses from 2007 to 2013.


The organizations included Hatzalah Rescue of Israel, Magen Israel, Israel Leukemia and Cancer Society, Our Children and Zaka Israel. They were not affiliated with similarly named organizations.

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