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3 Brooklynites plead guilty in Nazi reparation case

 A woman reacts, as she attends a ceremony for the Holocaust remembrance day, at the European Commission headquarters, in Brussels on Jan. 28. AP Photo/Yves Logghe

Associated Press

Three people have pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to participating in a scheme that defrauded a Holocaust reparations organization of more than $57 million.

Prosecutors said Moysey and Dora Kucher and Genrikh Kolontyrskiy (GEHN'-rihk kah-lahn-TUR'-skee) pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to defraud programs administered by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

The Kuchers are married.

The three Brooklyn residents were arrested in 2011. They're among 22 people who have pleaded guilty in the case.

Court papers say the three conspired to defraud two funds managed by the organization.

Sentencing will be Aug. 8.

Kolontyrskiy faces up to 40 years in prison. The Kuchers each face up to 20 years in prison.

Their lawyers didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

February 14, 2013 - 10:52am


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