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Wednesday, 10 November 2010

‘Perverse’ £26M Theft From Shoa Fund

 

The American FBI has charged 17 people with the theft of $42 million (£26 million) from Holocaust compensation funds provided by the German government to help the survivors.

FBI charges 17 over '$42m theft' of Holocaust survivor funds

Photographs taken by British troops on their arrival at Belsen Concentration Camp Photo: The Holocaust Centre

 

The U.K. Daily Telegraph reported today that “U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara described the decade-long scheme at a news conference, saying the money was stolen in a ‘perverse and pervasive fraud’ from the Conference on the Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, a not-for-profit group that disburses funds provided by the German government to individuals and organisations.

“Six corrupt employees approved more than 5,500 fraudulent applications for aid, leading to millions of dollars being paid to people who did not qualify for help, Mr Bharara said.

“The prosecutor portrayed the claims conference as a victim, saying the organisation had for six decades provided a "financial lifeline for thousands of survivors who suffered the worst of what World War II had to offer".

Now, what was that about deserving everything we get …?

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