ombudsman investigation

Retaliation At Claims Conference?

Allegations of mismanagement are countered by charges watchdog was ‘wrong man for the job.’

Editor and Publisher

Shmuel Hollander, a highly respected Israeli public servant for four decades, made headlines in 2013 as ombudsman for the Claims Conference when he issued a stinging internal report, blaming the group for allowing a multimillion-dollar fraud to take place for years — unnoticed — within its New York office.

Shmuel Hollander charges, in stinging letter, that “relevant information was withheld” from ombudsman’s office.

Claims Conference Faces Changes

Board members, outsiders, survivors to review of reparations organization's management in wake of fraud, but Berman survives as chairman.
Staff Writer

A “thorough analysis of the current management of the Claims Conference” — including a review of its administration and governance — was ordered Wednesday by its board of directors, some of whom criticized the leadership for keeping the board in the dark about a letter in 2001 alerting them to a fraud within the organization.

Vice President Greg Schneider, left, and Chairman Julius Berman.
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