'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.


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.


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.


'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.


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.


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.


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.


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.