The Times of Israel
10 August 2016
Police say suspects pocketed funds raised to combat nonexistent group they claimed was kidnapping, forcibly converting Jewish children
By Tamar Pileggi
Three Jerusalem residents who allegedly swindled donors into giving money to combat a nonexistent Christian cult they claimed was kidnapping, sexually abusing and forcibly converting hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jewish children to Christianity have been arrested, police said.
Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said investigators launched an investigation into the supposed cult two years ago after receiving reports that children in Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox Sanhedria neighborhood ages 4-10 had been ritually and sexually abused by a Christian group.
The two-year investigation that concluded this week soon determined that no such cult ever existed, and police said the individuals behind the claims made up the story in order to solicit donations from concerned people in Israel and abroad which they later pocketed. […]