US charges 49 Russians in diplomat fraud probe

RTEFriday 6th December, 2013

US prosecutors have charged 49 current and former Russian diplomats and their family members with participating in a scheme to get health benefits intended for the poor by lying about their income. Russia called the charges a “cheap” propaganda stunt and said the investigation was illegal. It adds to strains between the two countries at odds over accusations of rights abuses, politically-motivated prosecutions and Russia’s sheltering of ex-US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden. According to the charges, the diplomats’ families got around $1.5 million (€1.1m) in benefits f…

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