Fraud

Liverpool man faces fraud charges

July 5, 2012

A Liverpool businessman, who had a synagogue hall named in his great grandfather's honour has been charged with defrauding cancer charities of more than £250,000.

Harris Polak and his wife Reva, prominent members of Liverpool's Childwall Synagogue, appeared before magistrates on Tuesday.

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Hazon Yeshaya staff arrested in charity investigation

By Jennifer Lipman, April 10, 2012

The head of an Israeli soup kitchen has been arrested along with nine employees amid claims that the charity stole from its donors.

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'Indiana Jones' rabbi admits to $400k fraud

By Nathalie Rothschild, February 9, 2012

A charity founder who claimed he travelled the world as a "Jewish Indiana Jones" to rescue Torahs admitted to fraud in a Manhattan court last week.

Rabbi Menachem Youlus, 50, co-founded the Save a Torah charity in 2004 with the aim of retrieving and restoring holy scrolls that had survived the Holocaust or had been forcibly taken from Jewish communities.

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Manchester property scammer jailed

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 11, 2012

A Manchester man has been jailed for his part in a £1 million property scam.

Raymond Abramson, 69, from Whitefield, pleaded guilty at Manchester Crown Court today to conspiracy to defraud, a bankrupt engaging in trade and an undischarged bankrupt being concerned in the management of a company.

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Soup kitchen charity in fraud scandal

By Jessica Elgot, December 16, 2011

A British charity is on the verge of collapse this week, after further investigations into alleged misconduct by the Israeli poverty charity, Hazon Yeshaya, came to light.

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Arrest in Miami Holocaust survivor tax scam

By Jennifer Lipman, November 22, 2011

A Florida woman has appeared in court on charges of stealing the personal details of Holocaust survivors as part of a tax return scam.

Crystal Thorne, 23, was an administrator for a branch of the Holocaust Survivors Assistance Program in Miami.

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Israeli parking scammer took £96k

November 17, 2011

An Israeli man was jailed for up to four years this week for scamming around $AU150,000 (£96,000) from parking metres in Melbourne.

Josef Andelman, 48, who worked as a security officer employed to collect coins from parking metres, had pleaded not guilty to 85 charges of theft earlier this month.

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Robert De Niro to play Bernie Madoff

By Jennifer Lipman, November 7, 2011

He has played a taxi driver, a boxer and a mobster in his time. Now Robert De Niro is to take on the role of one of the most notorious fraudsters of the last century.

The actor is set to star as the title role in a biopic of the fall of Bernie Madoff, the financier who is serving a 150 year prison sentence for his $65 billion Ponzi scheme.

The project has been backed by the network HBO.

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Charity sued for $5m over Madoff cash

By Nathalie Rothschild, October 19, 2011

The liquidator of former stockbroker Bernard Madoff's firm has sued the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged for $5.2 million.

It is one of hundreds of "clawback" suits filed by bankruptcy trustee Irving Picard in order to recover assets lost through Madoff's Ponzi scheme.

Mr Picard said he is entitled to claim back fictitious profits made by the Jewish Association over six years.

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Investigation after BNP accused of fraud

By Jennifer Lipman, October 11, 2011

The British National Party has been accused of fraud.

The allegations were made on the BBC documentary show Panorama. According to the programme, the party treasurer submitted false invoices during the last general election campaign.

BNP leader Nick Griffin was said to have misled the Electoral Commission by encouraging a former colleague to alter an invoice involving EU money.

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