May 2, 2012
Trial date set in claims conference fraud
Claims Conference employees charged in a nearly $60 million fraud case will go on trial in January 2013.
The Jan. 14 trial date was set at a pretrial hearing April 25 in federal court in the Southern District of New York.
Prosecutors say a group of employees at the Claims Conference led by Semen Domnitser, the director of the Hardship and Article 2 funds, conspired to defraud Germany of nearly $60 million in funds intended for Holocaust survivors between 1993 and 2009, when the fraud was discovered. The Claims Conference administers Holocaust reparations from Germany.
Domnitser, who was fired from the organization shortly after the fraud was discovered, has pleaded innocent, but some of the 30 people arrested in connection with the fraud have pleaded guilty.