The Israel Police has launched an urgent fraud investigation after more than 2,000 Jews intending to travel to Uman, Ukraine, for Rosh Hashanah are suspected to have been deceived into paying for tickets that never materialized.
Authorities launched the investigation after receiving complaints by two individuals who purchased tickets worth $635 each from the “Europnim” travel company.
One day ahead of the scheduled flight to Uman, the company informed travelers that it would not be able to fulfill the booking. The tickets were cancelled but the money was not returned. The fraud is suspected of cheating customers out of $1.3 million.