11/11/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

New York, NY—Seventeen Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany employees have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud for filtering $42.5 million into their own bank accounts and to ineligible applicants over the past 16 years, as reported by WPIX.

The German government put the money aside for the survivors of Nazi atrocities during World War II.

Federal Prosecutors said five of the defendants were supposed to be identifying and approving eligible applicants for two different reparation funds. Those who were alive (or in utero) during World War II and were displaced by the Holocaust can qualify for the Hardship Fund. Those who survived the Nazi persecution and currently make under $16,000 annually can be eligible for the Article 2 Fund.

During the 16-year period, the seventeen defendants allegedly falsified marriage and identification documents in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and approved fake applications for over 4,000 people.

In addition, the accused employees convinced applicants to provide their information, telling them they were eligible for reparations, and then split up the money among themselves.

The conspiracy to commit mail fraud carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for New York criminal lawyers.

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