World News

US Charges Dozens of Russian Diplomats with Fraud

AUDIO: Preet Bharara, US District Attorney for Southern District of NY, IN DALET 5.1 HOUSE SHARED THURSDAY RUSSIAN DIPLOMATS FRAUD



U.S. prosecutors are charging 49 current and former Russian diplomats and family members with fraud in a scheme to get health benefits intended for the poor.

The Justice Department says the diplomats from Russia's U.N. mission lied about their incomes to get $1.5 million in Medicaid benefits, covering pregnancies, births, and infant care.

Each defendant has been charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and stealing government funds. None of the suspects has been arrested and only 11 still live in the United States.

U.S. officials say the suspects were motivated by greed and a desire to buy expensive goods. They say diplomacy should be about extending hands -- not picking the pockets of the host country.

Featured Story

General Sher Mohammad Karimi, Afghan Army Chief of General Staff who was chief guest at passing out parade at Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul reviewing the parade, April 18, 2015.

Afghan Military Chief, in Pakistan, Urges Increased Cooperation

Bloodshed in Afghanistan occurred on a day when its army chief, General Sher Mohammad Karimi, addressed a graduation parade of army cadets in neighboring Pakistan More