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Resource ID: #18761
Subject: Fraud
Source: Chicago Tribune
Date: July 22, 23



Chicago Tribune tells the story of an "ingratiating charmer," Avi Ben-Abraham, 43, who persuaded some of the smartest world's investors to finance a nonexistent vaccine for AIDS. To gain access to the circles of wealth and power on three continents, Ben-Abraham purported to be the youngest doctor in the world with an unbelievable IQ and a degree from an Italian university. The investigation revealed that Ben-Abraham is not a doctor at all, and that he received his diploma by deception. The want-to-be doctor recently announced a project to clone the first human being, the series reports, but other doctors in the cloning consortium denounced him as a fraud.

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