$200 Million Muslim credit card scam busted in New Jersey

via Shariah Finance Watch

Eighteen people have been charged in what federal prosecutors in New Jersey called one of the largestcredit card fraud schemes ever uncovered by the U.S. Department of Justice, spanning 28 states and eight countries.

“The defendants are part of a massive international fraud enterprise involving thousands of false identities, fraudulent identification documents, doctored credit reports and more than $200 million in confirmed losses,” FBI Special Agent James Simpson said in court records.

According to court records, the scheme involved three basic steps: The defendants allegedly created thousands of fake identities, pumped up the credit histories of those fictitious people and then racked up charges on fraudulently obtained credit cards.

The scam began in 2003 as false identities were used to create credit profiles with major credit bureaus, prosecutors say. Some were completely fictitious; others were created using Social Security numbers matched to someone with the same name. In other instances, fake pay stubs and tax returns were used to get credit cards.

Prosecutors say the accused pumped up their credit worthiness by making small purchases and paying off the charges, enabling them to run up credit lines and make large charges that were never repaid.

By 2012, they had created more than 7,000 false identities to obtain more than 25,000 credit cards. Millions in cash were wired to Pakistan, India, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, China and Japan.

“Due to the massive scope of the fraud, which involved over 25,000 fraudulent credit cards, loss calculations are ongoing and final confirmed losses may grow substantially,” Simpson said.

The proceeds, authorities said, were used for luxury automobiles, electronics, spa treatments, high-end clothing and millions of dollars in gold. Authorities said the fraudsters also stockpiled large sums of case and approximately $70,000 in cash was found in one defendant’s oven.

Though the scheme targeted credit card companies, Paul Fishman, U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, said customers everywhere could feel the impact.

“Through their greed and their arrogance, the individuals arrested today and their conspirators allegedly harmed not only the credit card issuers, but everyone who deals with increased interest rates and fees because of the money sucked out of the system by criminals acting in fraud rings like this one,” Fishman said.

At least eight in the group — Babar Quresh, Muhammad Shafiq, Ijaz Butt, Qaiser Khan, Shafique Ahmed, Muhammad Naveed, Khawaja Ikram and Nasreen Akhtar — have been unemployed since 2008.

Prosecutors identified Qureshi and Shafiq were identified as the group’s ringleaders, and linked Shafiq and his brother, Naveed, to 464 credit cards and nearly $2.6 million in losses. Some of those charged also stockpiled cash. At one defendant’s home, arresting officers found $68,000 in a kitchen oven.

Quereshi alone made a wire transfer of $500,000 last September — and more than $1 million has flowed through one of many personal bank accounts since 2005, the complaint alleges. One has to wonder if this scheme at least partially funded jihad…

According to the complaint and officials, most of the 18 defendants have ethnic ties to Pakistan. Six of them live in New Jersey (including four in Iselin); one in Philadelphia, and the rest in New York. Some of the defendants may be related, officials also said, while adding that the entire scheme had strong ties to Jersey City — including to three jewelry stores on Newark Avenue named Ashu Jewels, Tanishq Jewels and Raja Jewels.

Elsewhere in Chris Christie‘s sharia paradise also known as New Jersey an Egyptian Muslim beheaded two Christians.

Related:

Ohio imam gets just 1 year in $3.8M food stamp fraud

Detroit: Muslim doc arrested in Medicaid fraud, shipped cash to Lebanon

Illinois, Nevada and Utah – Multi-million dollar Muslim food stamp fraud busts

Maine: Somali Muslim couple arrested in welfare fraud scheme

Minnesota: Iraqi Muslim’s food stamp fraud costs taxpayers $3.1M

Virginia: $1.5M theft estimate revised after Muslim says she “didn’t steal during Ramadan”

More Muslims arrested in massive Medicare fraud schemes

Just search our archives for the word “fraud” and many more posts will pop up.

11 Responses

  1. WHY, OH WHY CAN’T OUR LEFT-WING POLITICIANS (AND SOME ON THE RIGHT TOO) SEE THAT ISLAM IS ABSOLUTELY A DIABOLICAL SATANIC SCHEME TO STEAL, KILL AND DESTROY EVERYTHING THAT WE HOLD SACRED HERE IN THE GOOD OLE’ USA????? THEY ARE NOT HERE TO BLESS ANYONE WITH THEIR “SO-CALLED PRAYERS”–IN FACT, THEIR VERY PRAYERS ARE INTENDED TO CURSE US!!!!! PA-LEEEZZ!!!!! WAKE UP!!!!!

  2. Other then cheat and steal and prey on our young women, what good is islam anyway. Other then killing coptic christians in New Jersey and cutting off the heads and chopping off their hands, what good is Islam.

  3. I have determined that the Blackrock group of companies and funds have stolen $13 Trillion wealth from the west. This is the root cause of our overprinting money to compensate for this loss and the subsequent depreciation of the monetary system. (Blackrock = The blackrock of mecca) That they can manipulate stocks by selling from one hedge fund to the other and by giving option tips to officals charged with decisions on islam they corrupt judges and officals at all levels to make those judgements favorable to islam.

  4. [...] $200 Million Muslim credit card scam busted in New Jersey [...]

  5. Anyone think CAIR funded this other than me? An audit of CAIR showing where they get their money would be right. If you can get it past the CAIR president, Obama. Its fun watching him shove muslims into military and legal controlling positions. http://www.cfr.org/intelligence/appointment-john-brennan-director-central-intelligence-us-drone-strike-policies/p29922 Why would zero need to know if soldiers would fire on Americans? He never asked if they would fire on muslims?

  6. GOD bring death to all un-muslims

  7. I heard about this type of scam years ago from someone in the credit-card-investigation industry. I got a private email to that effect — around 2007, I think

    At least some of the funds procured by some of the scammers went directly to funding jihad.

  8. our government has its head in the sand leaving us vulnerable to the islam lies while they steal us blind and fund terrorism all over the world.
    read the muzzie b’hood project; it is in their plan and it is moving right along worldwide

  9. Chris Christie Islamo-fascist! If he runs in 2016 run the other away. Do not vote for him!

  10. The question is what percentage of this fraud is in comparison to the total number in the country as a whole. Then there is a different story and that reflects more on those that wrote this item than on the subject itself.

    If you are going to make an argument base it on logic, facts and most of all context.

    • Shut it,you ugly looking fucking child rapist ,I hope the Muslims rape your MUMS ass ,and you die slow and painfull from cancer,before I find you and feed you to to the gators here in the deep south …..jimmy

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