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.


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.


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.


Fantasy writer accused of Jewish dating fraud

By Jennifer Lipman, October 10, 2011

An American fantasy fiction author has been accused of defrauding millions of pounds from women he met on Jewish dating websites.

Mitchell Gross, the author of a book called "Circle of Lies", is alleged to have posed as a romantic interest in order to encourage at least two women to give him money.


Rabbi obstructs fraud probe, citing Talmud

By Ellen Tumposky, September 15, 2011

A US federal judge is weighing the fate of a Chasidic rabbi who is citing Talmudic law as a justification for his refusal to testify against fellow Jews before a Los Angeles grand jury investigating tax evasion.

Moshe Zigelman, who was the executive assistant to Grand Rabbi Naftali Tzi Weisz of the Brooklyn-based Spinka sect of Chasids, received a two-year sentence in 2009 after he pleaded guil


Indiana Jones: raider of the not so lost Torah scroll

By Jennifer Lipman, August 25, 2011

A man who claimed he was a "Jewish Indiana Jones" has been charged with fraud after it emerged his claims of rescuing abandoned Holocaust-era Torah's around the world were not entirely true.


Holocaust survivors fund fraudster sentenced

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2011

A women charged with participating in an extensive and long-running conspiracy to defraud an the organisation that supports needy Holocaust survivors has been sentences to a year and day in jail.

Polina Anoshina was the first of 17 people convicted for their roles in the £25 million scam against the Claims Conference.


On this day: Bernie Madoff sentenced

By Jennifer Lipman, June 29, 2011

It was described as the fraud of the century, the worst financial crime of the recession, and much, much more. The multi-billion dollar fraud scheme the financier landed Bernie Madoff a 150 year sentence; his legal team had asked for just 12.


How a dating romance turned into a nightmare

By Jessica Elgot, June 23, 2011

A woman who was tricked into believing she was conducting an online relationship with a Jewish bachelor has described her humiliation after the "romance" turned into a nightmare.

Elian Cohen, 37, had been using the JDate dating site because she wanted to meet a British man before relocating to London from Tel Aviv.

She met "Phil" and the pair spoke for two hours online every night.


Injunction to stop Salford man repeating fraud

By Jennifer Lipman, June 5, 2011

A British businessman has been fined more than £1 million for a trading scam in which he impersonated other people including the director of a charity in order to boost share prices.

Samuel Kahn, from Salford, plotted to inflate the share price of the company Global Brands Licensing by 3.25 pence between March and April 2010. He then had the profits of the scam delivered to him in cash.