Hardship Fund

Claims Conf. Fraud Put At $350,000; No Survivor Funds Bilked

Three fired here after phony claims uncovered; feds probing ‘sophisticated’ scheme.

02/11/2010
Staff Writer

The Claims Conference fired three employees last week who allegedly approved more than 100 fraudulent Holocaust-era claims — filed primarily by Russians now living in Brooklyn — that bilked the German government out of more than $350,000, The Jewish Week has learned.

A federal investigation has reportedly been launched but it is not known if the employees, one of whom was the supervisor of the Hardship Fund, were complicit in the fraud. The Claims Conference declined to reveal their names.

Solving The Restitution Mystery

09/29/2000
Staff Writer
Holocaust survivors dealing with the sometimes mystifying restitution process now can get help in filling out the forms. The newly created Holocaust Compensation Assistance Project will offer the assistance on claims for the German Slave and Forced Labor fund and the Swiss bank settlement, as well as other free legal help and support to survivors and their families.
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