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  • Avigdor Lieberman cleared of corruption charges

    November 6, 2013 | 10:38 am

    This story orignally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was acquitted of charges of fraud and breach of trust in a verdict that paves the way for his return to the foreign ministry, and sets him up as a possible successor to Prime...

  • Bribery? Fraud? Israeli police question chief rabbi on graft allegations

    June 20, 2013 | 12:07 pm

    Police questioned one of Israel's top religious officials, Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, on Thursday on suspicion of bribery, fraud and money laundering, a police spokesman said.

    Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld gave no details about the allegations against Metzger and three other suspects...

  • Claims Conference Brouhaha

    May 22, 2013 | 2:25 pm

    Who knew what, and when?

    Those are the questions critics are asking following the disclosure that the Claims Conference received an anonymous letter in 2001 identifying several fraudulent Holocaust-era restitution claims — nearly a decade before the organization halted a massive...

  • Top Claims Conference officials carried out own botched probe of 2001 fraud

    May 22, 2013 | 10:54 am

    A document obtained by JTA shows that top officials of the Claims Conference were sufficiently concerned by allegations of fraudulent restitution claims that they launched their own probe in 2001, nearly eight years before the $57 million scheme was finally detected.

    The Claims...

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  • John Farahi sentenced to 10 years for Ponzi scheme

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 28, 2013 | 7:30 am

    John Farahi, a popular Iranian-Jewish radio talk-show host and investment adviser, was sentenced in U.S. District Court on March 18 in downtown Los Angeles to 10 years in federal prison for operating a multi-million-dollar Ponzi scheme against local Iranian-Americans. Farahi, 56,...

  • Israeli judge who fled extradited from Peru

    March 18, 2013 | 2:48 am

    An Israeli judge who fled to Peru eight years ago following allegations of bribery and fraud was extradited to Israel.

    Dan Cohen arrived in Israel on Sunday morning after he was arrested by Peruvian police and placed directly on an airplane leaving for Israel.

    He has been...

  • Lieberman at opening of fraud trial pleads not guilty

    February 18, 2013 | 1:58 pm

    Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman at the opening of his trial for fraud and breach of trust pleaded not guilty on all counts.

    The trial opened Sunday afternoon in front of a three-judge panel in Jerusalem District Court.

    Witnesses will begin testifying after the...

  • Avigdor Lieberman fraud trial set for next month

    January 28, 2013 | 9:45 am

    Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman will go on trial next month for fraud and breach of trust.

    The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court ruled Sunday that the trial of the Yisrael Beiteinu party leader will begin on Feb. 17.

    A three-judge panel will hear the case rather...

  • Ex-Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman indicted for fraud

    December 27, 2012 | 10:54 am

    Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was indicted on charges of fraud and breach of trust.

    Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein submitted the indictment Thursday against Lieberman for allegedly advancing the position of Zeev Ben Aryeh, Israel's former ambassador to...

  • Lieberman questioned again in ambassador affair

    December 26, 2012 | 9:39 am

    Former Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman was questioned again regarding allegations that he advanced an envoy's position in exchange for information on an investigation against him.

    Lieberman was questioned under caution late on Tuesday night, hours after launching his...

  • Israeli foreign minister Lieberman resigns following indictment

    December 14, 2012 | 9:14 am

    Avigdor Lieberman has resigned as Israel’s foreign minister following his indictment for fraud and breach of trust.

    “I have committed no offense but I wish to put behind me this issue, which is what remains of many years of investigation,” Lieberman said in a statement Friday.

    ...
  • ‘Jewish Indiana Jones’ sentenced to federal prison term

    October 17, 2012 | 4:49 pm

    Rabbi Menachem Youlus, once dubbed the “Jewish Indiana Jones” for his remarkable tales of rescuing Holocaust-era Torah scrolls, was sentenced to more than four years in prison for fraud. 

    Youlus was sentenced last week to 51 months by Judge Colleen McMahon of the U.S. District...

  • California man linked to anti-Islam film in custody, court spokesman says

    September 27, 2012 | 3:58 pm

    A California man linked to an anti-Islam film that stoked violent protests across the Muslim world was in custody on Thursday, a court spokesman said ahead of bail hearing in Los Angeles.

    Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, has been under investigation by probation officials looking...

  • Israeli businessman sentenced to 22 years for fraud

    May 2, 2012 | 3:33 pm

    An Israeli businessman convicted of a $30 million investment fraud was sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    The U.S. District Court in San Francisco also ordered Samuel Cohen, 53, to repay the millions he had stolen. Cohen was convicted last November on charges of fraud, money...

  • ‘Jewish Indiana Jones’ pleads guilty in Torah fraud case

    February 3, 2012 | 10:57 am

    Rabbi Menachem Youlus, who was dubbed the “Jewish Indiana Jones” for his remarkable tales of rescuing Holocaust-era Torah scrolls, pleaded guilty to fraud.

    Youlus’ accounts turned out to be contradicted by historical evidence, witness accounts and records showing that he...

  • Iranian Jewish Businessman Farahi indicted for ponzi scheme

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 13, 2011 | 12:52 pm

    Los Angeles area Iranian Jewish radio talk show host and financial investment manager, John Farahi last week was charged in U.S. Federal District Court in downtown Los Angeles with allegedly defrauding more than 100 local Iranian American investors and various financial institutions...

  • Author charged in Jewish online dating service scam

    October 9, 2011 | 7:25 pm

    American author Mitchell Gross was indicted for allegedly scamming women he met on an online Jewish dating service.

    Gross, 61, of Marietta, Ga., pleaded not guilty to fraud and money laundering charges when he was arraigned late last week in federal court in Atlanta, according to...

  • Iranian Jewish investor guilty of fraud

    May 23, 2011 | 10:35 am

    An Iranian Jewish real estate investor in Los Angeles was found guilty of fraud after he was accused of stealing $21 million from clients.

    Ezri Namvar, 59, was convicted May 19 in Los Angeles federal court on four counts of wire fraud and faces up to 80 years in prison. Sentencing...

  • Rubashkin appeal seeks new trial

    January 4, 2011 | 1:00 pm

    Lawyers for convicted former Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin have appealed a judge’s decision denying their bid for a new trial.

    In a brief filed Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals in St. Louis, Mo., lawyers for Rubashkin made four arguments on his behalf, chief among...

  • Fresh scrutiny of Claims Conference allocations

    November 29, 2010 | 11:50 am

    As the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany seeks to root out additional cases of fraud, the $42.5 million scandal that has rocked the organization has rekindled dissatisfaction with the group’s annual allocation of tens of millions of dollars.

    To address those...

  • $7 million fraud at Claims Conference raises questions

    July 27, 2010 | 3:01 pm

    After discovering $7 million in fraudulent payments, the Claims Conference is facing questions about whether it will recover the money and how extensive the fraud actually was.

    Officials at the Claims Conference, which acts as a pass-through to distribute more than $400 million per...

  • Webcast: Attorney Youssefyeh speaks out year after Namvar scandal

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 18, 2010 | 11:58 pm

    I had the unique challenge these past several weeks of researching and writing the cover story for this week’s Journal concerning the alleged business fraud scandals that are currently shaking Southern California’s Iranian Jewish community to its core. Since late 2008 many in the...

  • Madoff Gets 150 Years in Prison

    By JewishJournal.com

    June 29, 2009 | 12:41 pm

    by Jacob Berkman, JTA

    Bernard Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in jail, the maximum sentence allowed for his crimes.

    U.S. District Court Judge Denny Chin during Monday’s sentencing called Madoff’s crimes “staggering.”

    Madoff, 71, confessed to bilking investors of up to $65...

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    March 12, 2009 | 3:57 am

  • Move over Madoff, L.A. gets its own indicted philanthropist

    By Adam Wills

    March 5, 2009 | 6:06 pm

    Sherman Oaks-based mortgage banker Bruce Friedman, whose Friedman Charitable Foundation committed $10 million to the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles and $1 million to Brandon’s Village, a special-needs park in Calabasas, was indicted on securities fraud charges today by the...

  • Big legal trouble ahead for victimized charities and investors

    By Dean Rotbart

    December 24, 2008 | 2:18 am

    Alot of very determined people are already looking to recover money on behalf of victims of the Bernard L. Madoff swindle.

    Their hunt will unquestionably lead them to the doors of many well-known Jewish charities and wealthy investors who had the misfortune of investing with or...

  • Madoff

    By Rob Eshman

    December 18, 2008 | 3:54 am

    I wish Jews believed in hell, because then I could take comfort that Bernard Madoff will go there.

    Madoff ran the New York-based firm, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, which was reported last week to have been a $50 billion fraud, a Ponzi scheme that paid investors with other...

  • Stunned local groups start to count losses as list of Madoff’s victims grows

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 16, 2008 | 8:32 pm

    It didn't take long for Bernard Madoff's arrest in New York for running an alleged $50 billion Ponzi scheme to send shockwaves through Los Angeles' Jewish community.

    The growing list of victims in Los Angeles from the meltdown at Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC reads...

  • Madoff’s ‘unspeakable evil’ shocks those who thought they knew him well

    By Dean Rotbart

    December 16, 2008 | 8:21 pm


    AP Video: How a Ponzi scheme works


    In April 2004, Bernard L. Madoff and his wife, Ruth, devised a plan to save Jewish lives.

    In the effort to bolster Gift of Life, a Florida-based nonprofit that maintains a unique Jewish bone marrow registry, the Madoffs funded and helped roll out an...

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