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Brooklyn Woman Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Holocaust Victims

A Brooklyn woman who has been charged with participating in a $57 million scheme to defraud Holocaust victims pleaded guilty Wednesday.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 10/11/2012, 6:20 PM

Security vehicle near U.S. court
Security vehicle near U.S. court
Reuters

A woman from Brooklyn, who has been charged with participating in a $57 million scheme to defraud programs for impoverished Holocaust victims, pleaded guilty Wednesday, The New York Daily News reported.

Valentina Romashova, 65, reportedly conspired with corrupt insiders at the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which administers the funds, by preparing fraudulent applications for nonexistent victims.

She faces more than five years in prison for her role in the scheme and will forfeit the $150,000 she made in the fraud.

The fraud was discovered in 2010 and, to date, 31 people have been charged.

Her attorney Fred Hafetz declined to comment on the matter.

Another recruiter in the scheme, Yevgeniya Abramovich, 69, was sentenced Wednesday to one year in prison.

Abramovich, originally from Ukraine, was ordered to pay $201,000 in restitution, which included $45,000 she received for her own counterfeit application to the Claims Conference, according to the Daily News.

Romashova will be sentenced early next year.