A woman from Brooklyn, New York, has been sentenced to 18 months in Federal prison and ordered to repay 1/2 million dollars for recruiting ineligible applicants for German WWII repayments to Nazi victims.
According to a recent story in the Jerusalem Post, she was an employee of the Conference on Jewish material Claims against Germany. Her role in the scheme lasted almost a decade and involves another thirty persons, eighteen who have pleaded guilty.
At least 12 million went through 3,839 apparently fraudulent applications submitted for people who were not eligible for a “Hardship Fund.” Many were born after WWII.
The fund makes a one-time payment of $3,500 to those who evacuated their homes and were forced to become refugees.
Conference employees are supposed to confirm that applicants qualified. The fraud included doctored documents. Another 1,112 cases processed for a program in the Article 2 Funds were fraudulent, resulting in the loss of another 45 million.
That fund pays $400 per month to survivors who earn under $16,000 a year and either lived in hiding or under a false identity for 18 months, lived in a Jewish ghetto for l8 months, or were held for six months in a concentration camp or forced labor camp.
The Post’s story did not say how the fraud was uncovered or if similar things have occurred and been uncovered in other countries.