'Suspects stole donations for Holocaust survivors'

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April 8, 2012 20:35

Police arrested the head of a major charity and several of the organization's employees on Sunday on suspicion of pocketing millions of dollars given by donors from abroad for poor people, including Holocaust victims.

According to suspicions, the suspects cheated donors out of the funds after making them believe the money would be used for purchasing food for the needy, when in fact the money was used to purchase food which was then sold to buyers in the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) community, police suspect.

The deception of donors allegedly included the listing of made-up food distribution centers.

The organization played a role in transferring compensation money from Germany to Holocaust survivors, and received money from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, police added.

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