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.


Benefit fraudster is convicted

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 6, 2011

A Manchester man who was living in Portugal while illegally claiming more than £17,000 of housing benefit has been ordered to repay the money.


Israel's Avigdor Lieberman to be formally indicted on fraud charges

By Jennifer Lipman, April 13, 2011

Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is to be formally indicted on corruption charges.

Mr Lieberman, the leader of the right wing Yisrael Beiteinu party, was told by Israel's attorney general Yehuda Weinstein that he would face charges on fraud, money laundering, breach of trust and witness tampering.


B'nai B'rith president in fraud arrest

By Ellen Tumposky, April 7, 2011

The international president of B'nai B'rith has resigned after he was arrested and charged last week in the US with tax fraud.

Dennis Glick, an accountant from Pennsylvania who was elected to a three-year term as president of the organisation in December 2009, was indicted on March 15 with aiding and assisting in the preparation of false federal income-tax returns.