Fraud

Barclays hands back £40,000 after JC probe

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 24, 2013

Barclays Bank has agreed to reimburse a Jewish customer £40,000 after an investigation by the JC highlighted failures in the bank’s anti-fraud protections.

Lydia Cohen, a grandmother from Leeds, was duped by conmen into transferring the sum into an account she believed was set up by the bank’s security staff in her name.

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Claims fraudster jailed

By Dan Friedman, November 7, 2013

Semen Domnitser, ringleader of a decade-long, multi-million dollar fraud against the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, was sentenced to eight years in prison in a Manhattan federal court on Monday.

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BBC changes fraud show trailer amid antisemitism concern

By Sandy Rashty, November 7, 2013

BBC producers have changed a trailer for a series about tax and benefit fraudsters following complaints that it could be seen as antisemitic.

The original trailer for Britain on the Fiddle featured the song “If I Were a Rich Man”, from Fiddler on the Roof, the 1960s film about Jews in a Russian shtetl.

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Al-Dura man loses case

By JCReporter, June 27, 2013

A media analyst who accused a French TV network of forging its report on the death of Mohammad al-Dura — a 12-year-old boy killed in Gaza in 2000 who became an icon of the second intifada — has been convicted of defamation by a Paris court after a lengthy legal battle.

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Israeli chief rabbi suspected of bribery and fraud

By Zoe Winograd, June 20, 2013

Police have raided the house of Israeli Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger.

On Thursday morning, Rabbi Metzger was interrogated on suspicion of bribery, fraud and money laundering. In 2004 the National Fraud Unit launched an investigation when they suspected he had accepted illicit perks while on holiday.

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After $57m trial, claims body is still under fire

By Dan Friedman, May 17, 2013

As if the convictions in the $57.3 million (£37.6m) fraud case that was wound up in a Manhattan federal court last week were not enough, it was alleged on Tuesday that top officials at the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany were warned about the criminal activity nearly a decade before they called in external investigators.

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Stanmore couple charged with £26,000 fraud of 100-year-old uncle

By Anna Sheinman, May 3, 2013

A couple from Stanmore have been charged with defrauding their 100-year-old uncle, who lived in Brighton, of £26,000.

A statement from Sussex police said: “Janice Olaff, the victim's niece and who had power of attorney, along with her husband, Leslie Olaff, had written cheques and used debit cards over a six year period.”

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New blow to Serious Fraud Office as agency told to pay Tchenguiz legal costs

By Jennifer Lipman, November 15, 2012

The Serious Fraud Office has been ordered to pay the legal costs of the Iranian-born Jewish property entrepreneurs who were pursued in a botched fraud investigation.

The SFO launched an investigation into Vincent and Robert Tchenguiz in March 2011 as part of its probe into the collapse of Icelandic banking giant Kaupthing.

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Ponzi fraudster jailed for 13 years

November 5, 2012

A former City stockbroker who ran a £32 million "Ponzi" fraud blew more than half the money on a life of luxury, and defrauded a string of investors, many of them Jewish or Israeli. But Judge Martin Beddoe, at Southwark Crown Court, told Nicholas Levene that his fraud was "unprecedented" and on Monday jailed the 48-year-old for 13 years.

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'Jewish Indiana Jones' sentenced to prison for fraud

By Zoe Winograd, October 12, 2012

Rabbi Menachem Youlus, known as ‘the Jewish Indiana Jones', was sentenced to 51 months in prison for fraud in a Manhattan federal court on Thursday.

Rabbi Youlus, father of nine from Maryland, was charged with pocketing $1.2 million from donations that had been made to his charity ‘Save the Torah’.

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