Lawyer gets jail time for bilking Holocaust survivors

An Israeli lawyer got jail time for defrauding Holocaust survivors of $240 million.

Tel Aviv District Court sentenced Yisrael Perry on Tuesday to 12 years’ imprisonment and another five and a half years suspended sentence. He also was fined $6 million.

Perry was found guilty of defrauding dozens of Holocaust survivors he had represented in filing postwar government insurance claims in Germany. According to a group of survivors who had taken the lawyer to court, Perry siphoned away $240 million worth of benefits.

Perry has denied wrongdoing and plans to appeal his conviction and sentence with Israel’s Supreme Court.

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