Claims Conference Fraud Grows

from The Jewish Week:

Claims Conference Fraud Now $50 Million

The amount of fraudulent Holocaust claims uncovered by the Claims Conference has grown from $42.5 million in November to nearly $50 million, and the organization said the full extent of the fraud is not yet known.

… The fraud began when the German government began paying monthly pensions to survivors in 1994. Initially, the fraud was said to total $24.5 million. But a continuing review of hundreds of pension claims has increased that figure to $35 million.

In addition, a continuing review of claims submitted for one-time $3,600 Hardship Fund payments has found the fraud there totals $14.3 million; the initial figure had been $18 million. That brings the total amount of the fraud to date to $49.3 million.