Trial begins of French-Israeli men over fake foreign minister scam

Victims included billionaire spiritual leader the Aga Khan, who handed over €20m

Agence France-Presse in Paris
Tue 4 Feb 2020


Gilbert Chikli, accused of being one of the masterminds behind the scam. He denies the charges. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP via Getty Images

A group of men accused of using Skype and a silicone mask to extract tens of millions of euros from the rich and famous by impersonating a leading French politician are to go on trial in Paris on Tuesday.

Victims of the fake Jean-Yves Le Drian – now foreign minister but then in charge of defence – included the billionaire spiritual leader the Aga Khan, who parted with €20m (£17m).
Starting in 2015, the “minister” made calls by telephone and video link wearing the mask to more than 150 targets – of whom three were successfully duped – often to seek funds for a “secret operation” with a promise of repayment by the French state.

The money was often said to be for ransom payments or anti-terror operations.

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1 reply

  1. oho .. reading Somi Tempo’s comments we thought all Israelis are saints, sort of ‘the chosen people’ …

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