Employee found guilty of $57 million Shoah restitution fraud
Claims Conference worker and ringleader Semen Domnister and dozens others falsified applications for German funds
NEW YORK– Semen Domnitser, the former Claims Conference employee who was charged with leading a $57 million fraud scheme at the Holocaust restitution organization, was found guilty. Domnitser and two others, Oksana Romalis and Luba Kramrish, were found guilty on all counts Wednesday by a US District Court jury in Manhattan. Their trial lasted four weeks.
Twenty-eight others charged in the fraud scheme had pleaded guilty.
“To have it all come to closure is extraordinarily important,” Greg Schneider, the executive vice president of the Claims Conference, told JTA. “We’re obviously very happy that justice has been served, but focus on the needs of Holocaust survivors has always been our main priority.”