Court jails masterminds of fake French minister fraud scam


Two Franco-Israeli men were given jail sentences and heavy fines by a Paris court for masterminding a multi-million-euro fraud using the identity of Jean-Yves Le Drian, who at the time was France’s defence minister and is now the foreign minister, to raise money from wealthy political, business and religious figures.

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A French court has sentenced two men to several years in jail for their role in a bizarre money-making scam that involved impersonating a government minister to dupe the rich and famous, sometimes using a silicone mask in his likeness, reports The Guardian.