Trial date set in Claims Conference fraud

NEW YORK (JTA) — The trial of suspects in the nearly $60 million fraud case at the Claims Conference was set for Jan. 14, 2013.

The date was set at a pretrial hearing on Wednesday in federal court in the Southern District of New York.

Prosecutors say a group of employees at the Claims Conference led by Semen Domnitser, the director of the Hardship and Article 2 funds, conspired to defraud Germany of nearly $60 million in funds intended for Holocaust survivors between 1993 and 2009, when the fraud was discovered. The Claims Conference administers Holocaust reparations from Germany.

Domnitser, who was fired from the organization shortly after the fraud was discovered, has pleaded innocent, but some of the 30 people arrested in connection with the fraud have pleaded guilty.

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