Austrian Supreme Court rejects appeal in Nazi property case

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Austria's supreme court has rejected a Jewish man's appeal of a fine for defrauding the state in seeking compensation for property taken by the Nazis.

Stephan Templ, now serving a one-year prison sentence, was convicted of hiding the existence of his aunt — who was also eligible for compensation — when seeking reparations on his mother's behalf.

The judge argued that by concealing the aunt, Templ's mother was awarded twice as much as she should have.

The court on Wednesday rejected Templ's appeal of a 500,000 euro fine — nearly $560,000.

Newspaper reports say his lawyer recently found documents showing that Templ did list the aunt. The lawyer did not respond to a query Tuesday asking whether he would push for a new trial.