SURVIVANTS DE LA SHOAH: UNE BELLE FRAUDE DENONCEE
67 ans après la fin de la guerre – oui, soixante-sept ans – il existe encore des rescapés de la shoah. Et qui plus est, il paraît que beaucoup d’entre eux sont nécessiteux et vivent plus que chichement des subsides fournis par de généreux donateurs. Gouvernementaux et autres. Je m’interroge quand même sur la vie qu’ont dû mener ces personnes qui apparemment, toute leur vie, ne se sont définies que par rapport à cette identité de « rescapé de la shoah ». Une vie d’enfer, et je compatis.
Toujours est-il que les dons continuent à affluer et qu’ils ne sont pas perdus pour tout le monde. A preuve, le trafic qui vient d’être découvert en Israël : des employés d’une association d’aide aux rescapés s’en mettaient plein les poches :
“Police: Employees embezzled millions from Holocaust fund
Some 10 people arrested following lengthy undercover investigation over suspicions they pocketed funds from association for Holocaust survivors
They collected tens of millions of shekels in donations for Holocaust survivors – then swept the funds into their own pockets. Police on Sunday arrested 10 suspects, including the manager of fund in the Jerusalem area on charges of theft; fraudulently obtaining benefits and money laundering. The remand of four suspects has been extended while the remaining six were released.
"This is a cynical abuse of the plight of Holocaust survivors," officials at the National Fraud Investigation Unit, who carried out the investigation, noted.
The lengthy undercover investigation was revealed just as the funds and associations are at the height of their activities – during the Passover holiday season and ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day.
According to suspicions, the association which was supposed to supply food to elderly survivors purchased dozens of tons of food, but instead of giving it out, sold the food for profit. The investigation led police to arrest several association employees and their contacts.
The investigation was launched in response to complaints received from donators and the Fellowship and Friendly Societies' Registrar, who realized that something wasn't quite right about the association, which rolls in millions of shekels every year.
The association employees raised funds from wealthy contributors abroad, claiming that they were feeding hundreds and thousands of needy Holocaust survivors on a daily basis. They also received support from an international fund for Holocaust survivors.
Police suspect that the same senior officials within the association and their contacts would purchase tons of food products and instead of giving them out as promised, would sell them – mainly in haredi communities in Jerusalem for profit.
At this point in the investigation, the fraud unit is unsure over the sums stolen, yet they estimate that there are millions of shekels involved. The suspects will be brought before the Rishon LeZion Magistrate's Court for a remand hearing on Sunday afternoon.”