This imam is innocent, until proven guilty, of course, but check out the tale this pious brother tells. via The Post and Courier
A leading member of Charleston’s Muslim community is facing a felony fraud charge, but he insists he is being set up to take the fall for a $6,600 theft he didn’t commit.
Imam Mohammed Idris, 67, is accused of using a North Charleston man’s checking account to pay his cell phone bills since May 2008. North Charleston police say Idris racked up hundreds of dollars of charges each month on the account between that time and January of this year.
The account holder contacted police in January after discovering improper withdrawals. Police arrested Idris last month on a charge of financial identity fraud. He spent three days in the Charleston County jail before he was able to post $25,000 bail to secure his release.
Idris said someone is setting him up or he is the victim of a colossal billing error. He said he doesn’t know the man whose bank account was violated and he had nothing to do with the theft.
Police tied him to the missing funds by tracing unauthorized payments to an AT&T cell phone account in Idris’ name, according to an arrest affidavit.
“My name is on the phone. If I was going to use someone’s bank account, I certainly wouldn’t connect that right back to me,” Idris said. “I don’t lie, I don’t smoke, I don’t fornicate, I don’t commit adultery and I don’t steal. I help people in the community.”
Idris readily acknowledges that he did not pay his cell phone bill during the period in question. He said ATA&T informed him that someone else had taken care of the bill for him.
He said he didn’t question the identity of what he thought was an anonymous benefactor. He simply accepted it as a gift, not unlike other donations that come his way, he said.
“I am in a religion that accepts charity,” he said. “I know people donate things anonymously and I have done so as well. I help people in society and people help me. That’s how I took it.”
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