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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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.


'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’.


SFO at fault over warrants used in Tchenguiz arrests

By Jennifer Lipman, July 31, 2012

The High Court has ruled that the warrants used by the Serious Fraud Office to search the property of two Iranian Jewish entrepreneurs were unlawfully obtained.

Brothers Vincent and Robert Tchenguiz were arrested in a dawn raid in March 2011 in connection with the SFO's investigation into the collapse of Icelandic banking giant Kaupthing.


Fraudster wins UK frozen cash appeal

By Jenni Frazer, July 26, 2012

An israeli fraudster has won a battle to protect family assets in the UK from seizure by the UK authorities.

Israel Perry was jailed in Israel in 2008 for 12 years (later reduced to 10 on appeal) – and fined £3 million for a fraud involving pension funds.

In 2009, his and his family’s UK assets, including £14 million in banks, were frozen.