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Holocaust Scam Cohort Pleads Guilty To Stealing $150K From Survivors

Honoring real survivors at a Holocaust Memorial Park ceremony. Photo by Erica Sherman

A disturbing scheme that has been running since 1994, which bilked a Holocaust survivors fund of $57 million, may finally be coming to a close. The scam was uncovered in 2009 after an FBI sting, and a year later the US Attorney’s Office announced indictments against 11 employees of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, or Claims Conference. Thirty-one people have been charged so far.

Several individuals from Brighton Beach collaborated with employees of  the Claims Conference, which manages the funds, and submitted applications for victims of the Holocaust. The problem was that the claims that were submitted and approved were for victims who did not exist, or people who were not qualified to receive the funds.

The employees received kickbacks for approving the fraudulent applications and the ringleaders who submitted the falsified documents received unlawful Holocaust reparations.

Valentina Romashova, who stole $150,000 from Holocaust survivors, has recently admitted her role in the scheme and plead guilty in court. She has been ordered to return the money and can serve up to five years in prison for her participation in the scheme, according to the New York Daily News.

Romashova approved almost 5,000 fake applications.

An ex-employee of the fund program, Yevgeniya Abramovich, was also sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to pay back $201,000, wrote the Jewish Press.

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  1. Loads of these ‘survivors’, seems to be more and more every year. All seem to live to a ripe old age as well, must be all the food, clothing and medical aid the Germans gave them. It is also very odd how this particular period in history, is the only period I know of that has laws to protect it from scrutiny and if one dares to openly ask questions about it, you can spend more time in jail than you would get for child molesting, or rape.

  2. What a lovely comment. I guess you would prefer that there were no survivors and they all died in the gas chambers. In the regards to the laws you mention, there are no such laws in the U.S so you are free to post all the scrutiny and your own version of history.

  3. Very disturbing the scheme had been running since 1994. Lack of oversight takes on a whole new meaning with this story.

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