A Ninth Defendant Will Surrender Tomorrow Morning; Thirty People Charged In Total
PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and JANICE K. FEDARCYK, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced charges against nine additional participants in a scheme that defrauded programs established to aid the survivors of Nazi persecution out of more than $57 million.
Eight of those individuals – HENRY GORDIN, GENRIKH KOLONTYRSKIY, VIKTOR LEVIN, ELLA VOSKRESENSKIY, ZLATA BLAVATNIK, PYOTR BLAVATNIK, YEVGENIYA ABRAMOVICH, and ASYA GALINDO – were arrested on a Criminal Complaint unsealed today, and the ninth – LANA KAGAN – is expected to voluntarily surrender tomorrow morning. Since the original charges were brought in this case, a total of 30 people have been charged in connection with the scheme. Today’s arrests include five additional former employees of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (the “Claims Conference”), which administered the programs. In exchange for kickbacks, those insiders, who were supposed to process and approve only legitimate applications, are alleged to have knowingly approved nearly 5,000 fraudulent applications, resulting in payouts to applicants who did not qualify for the programs.