Holocaust hero accused of swindling 93-year-old woman

Aron Bielski and his wife allegedly tricked neighbor into giving them control of more than $250,000 in various bank accounts.

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November 21, 2007 05:31

 
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In Eastern Europe during World War II, young Aron Bielski and his three older brothers mounted what was, by most accounts, the biggest armed rescue of Jews by Jews during the Holocaust. The Bielski brothers were acclaimed as heroes, and their exploits were chronicled in books, a documentary and a Hollywood movie coming out next year. But now, the sole surviving Bielski brother is being called something far different - a con man. Now 80 and known as Aron Bell, he has been arrested on charges of swindling a 93-year-old woman, a Catholic survivor of the Holocaust. Bell and his wife, Henryka, 58, are accused of tricking the old woman into giving them control of more than $250,000 in various bank accounts. According to police, the couple then convinced the woman they were taking her on a vacation to her native Poland, and instead put her in a nursing home there, returned to Palm Beach and spent her money, nearly every penny. The charges against the couple carry up to 90 years in prison. Bell's attorney has strongly denied the allegations and said the old woman was going senile.

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