KIEL , Germany, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- A reward of $30 million has been offered for conclusive evidence regarding who shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, a German investigation company said Wednesday.
Wifka, a fraud investigation company in the northern German province of Schleswig-Holstein, said a client, whom they would not identify, offered the bounty for information that identifies those responsible for the crash.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed on July 17 near the Russian-Ukrainian border in territory held by pro-Russian separatists, killing all 298 aboard.
Wifka said Wednesday on its website it seeks information on who ordered the plane shot down, who "covered up" the incident, who was involved and the whereabouts of the weapon, which is presumably a surface-to-air missile.
"Whoever provides evidence that identifies those behind the shoot down, will be given the reward of 30 million dollars," the website said.
Josef Resch of Wifka says he is confident the offer is genuine, although he is unaware of who the client is.
Resch suggested it could be a government intelligence service or Russian oligarchs eager to damage the reputation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Resch added he has received an advance payment of 40,000 euros ($24,000) for his services.