Minnesota: Mustafa Crime Family Busted in Multi-Million Dollar Theft Racket

via FBI — Mustafa Family Crime Ring Indicted for Using Thousands of Stolen Identities to Steal Cellular Telephones and Tablet Devices Worth Millions of Dollars. h/t Denise

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According to the indictment and documents filed in court, from at least 2006 through 2014, JAMAL MUSTAFA directed the Organization to use stolen identity information to obtain cellular telephones and other mobile devices for the purpose of trafficking them throughout the United States and internationally. JAMAL MUSTAFA, KANAN MUSTAFA, NASER MUSTAFA, EDWAN MUSTAFA, NIZER MUSTAFA, BILAL MUSTAFA, TALAL MUSTAFA, and MOISES NAVARRO-CAZALES, owned and operated 13 mobile device stores in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Organization used these storefronts to buy devices that they knew had been illegally obtained, including purchasing thousands of cellular phones from runners and other persons who got the phones through robberies, burglaries, shoplifting, and fraud and identity-theft schemes.

With the assistance of AHMED SUNOQROT, the Organization moved inventory and money between their stores, which the Organization used as fronts to funnel the illicit proceeds of their criminal activity.

According to the indictment, the Organization paid runners who stole mobile devices or obtained them fraudulently by other means. CEDRIC CHAPPELL, DEANTRE-RICKEY-RENE SQUALLS, BLANYON TOE DAVIES, VICTOR TOMBEKAI DOE, YOLANDA COOMBS, CASWANA MILES, TIARA LIGON, MARQUIS TERELL MAGGIESFIELD, MARCUS PHILLIP COLEMAN, ROBERT RICHARD COLEMAN, and DANIELLE YVONNE COLEMAN, were each paid by the Mustafas to steal or fraudulently obtain mobile devices by contract or subscription fraud. They targeted stores like Best Buy, WalMart, Verizon outlets, T-Mobile stores, and online Apple stores.

As charged, various members of the Mustafa Family provided stolen or fraudulent identity information to the runners, including names, dates of birth, social security numbers, credit card numbers, passport information, and driver’s license numbers of victims. Some of the runners operated solely within Minnesota, while others travelled to Arizona, Idaho, North Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Utah to obtain devices. The Organization arranged out-of-state travel for the runners and paid their expenses. One runner was arrested in Utah in 2013 with more than 80 counterfeit identification documents and genuine victim-information documents. This runner used those documents to open lines of credit at various retail outlets to make fraudulent device purchases.

The runners were instructed by the Mustafas to obtain phones by contract-fraud and subscription-fraud schemes. In such schemes, runners used real stolen identities to obtain cell phone contracts. At times, the runners obtained “family plans” or “business accounts.” In so doing, runners were sold phones at deeply discounted prices by the legitimate retailers. The full retail price of an iPhone 5s in the United States is approximately $648. Under a two-year contract, the same phone is sold for approximately $200. Runners then opened accounts entitling them to obtain as few as one discounted phone, and as many as 30. The runners then shipped or delivered the phones back to the Mustafas, via one of the thirteen Twin Cities storefronts, or shipped the phones to wholesalers in other states for sale overseas. A new iPhone 5s retails for between $1,000 and $1,200 overseas.

Other runners engaged in street-level violence or burglary to obtain phones. The Sunrise Group, a burglary ring that traveled throughout the Upper Midwest for the purpose of breaking into WalMart stores to steal cell phones, iPads, and other electronic devices, provided electronic devices to the Mustafa Family on several occasions. The Mustafa Family made requests of the Sunrise Group for large quantities of new phones, and would act as a fence for the stolen merchandise.

Defendant Information:

  • JAMAL TALAL MUSTAFA, a/k/a “Jimmy,” D.O.B. 6/17/1972 Apple Valley, MN Charges: Conspiracy to Engage in Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods, 1 count
  • KANAN M T MUSTAFA, a/k/a “Kenny,” D.O.B. 6/16/1977 Rosemount, MN Charges: Conspiracy to Engage in Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods, 1 count
  • NASER MOHAMAD MUSTAFA, a/k/a “Nasty Nas,” D.O.B. 1/6/1991 Rosemount, MN Charges: Conspiracy to Engage in Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods, 1 count
  • EDWAN T MUSTAFA, a/k/a “Eddy,” D.O.B. 11/14/1974 Apple Valley, MN Charges: Conspiracy to Engage in Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods, 1 count
  • NIZER M MUSTAFA, a/k/a “Shaggy,” a/k/a “Mike,” D.O.B. 8/27/1978 Savage, MN Charges: Conspiracy to Engage in Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods, 1 count
  • BILAL MUHAMMED MUSTAFA, a/k/a “Billy,” D.O.B. 6/25/1984 Minneapolis, MN Charges: Conspiracy to Engage in Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods, 1 count
  • TALAL M MUSTAFA, a/k/a “Tommy,” D.O.B. 4/19/1971 Burnsville, MN Charges: Conspiracy to Engage in Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods, 1 count
  • MOISES NAVARRO CAZALES, D.O.B. 11/15/1992 Bloomington, MN Charges: Conspiracy to Engage in Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods, 1 count
  • AHMED RD SUNOQROT, a/k/a “Abu Shanab,” D.O.B. 6/2/1955 St. Paul, MN Charges: Conspiracy to Engage in Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods, 1 count

Read it all for more info and defendants.

The Powerline blog notes:

I find the FBI press release leaves a lot of questions hanging. The Star Tribune story by Paul McEnroe does likewise.

Having found a fertile source of cell phones on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, the Mustafa family victimized a lot of Minnesotans. And that’s not all! It appears to me that the indictment leading to yesterday’s roundup will be amended to add to the catalogue of crimes these people committed far and wide over “at least” an eight-year period

Minneapolis: The City That Offers Sharia-Compliant Loans to Muslims

The National Journal catches up to what Creeping Sharia told readers in 2010 and again in 2012. via The City That Offers Sharia-Compliant Loans to Muslim Business Owners – NationalJournal.com.

Inside the Karmel Square shopping mall in southwest Minneapolis, women wearing headscarves paint customers’ feet with henna. Others sell beaded caftans in narrow stalls. On the first floor, shopkeepers kneel toward Mecca to pray.

Somali entrepreneurs in the neighborhood have transformed an abandoned machinery warehouse into this bustling indoor bazaar. Karmel Square is one of several commercial districts they’ve revived in recent years with support from an unexpected ally: the city.

Since 2006, Minneapolis has loaned more than $1 million to Muslim business owners through a program that complies with sharia law, which prohibits Muslims from paying or earning interest in a financial transaction. The program, which is operated in partnership with the African Development Center, makes Minneapolis the only city in the country to offer Islamic financing at a time when states are trying to ban sharia from the courts. “Minneapolis is a very welcoming city,” says Kristin Guild, the city’s business development manager. “Because [Somali immigrants] wear headscarves, they are visible as entrepreneurs and people see that they are setting up businesses in our town and creating jobs.”

Minnesota is home to the country’s largest Somali community, which is predominantly Sunni Muslim. An estimated 32,000 people of Somali ancestry live in the state, and about one-third of them live in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, according to the latest census figures.

Islamic financing is a relatively new concept in the United States. Only a handful of banks and financial companies provide mortgages and loans that abide by sharia law. The Neighborhood Development Center in St. Paul created the first nonprofit model of riba-free financing in 2001 after Somali entrepreneurs voiced their concerns. It was immediately lambasted on right-wing radio. “They utterly missed the point, but I was a little bit nervous,” says Mihailo Temali, the center’s CEO. “We were the first in the nation.”

More recently, media coverage of a Minnesota homeownership program that provided Islamic financing options prompted then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty to shut it down.

Minneapolis business development staffers point out that their program is open to anyone, even non-Muslims.

Odd then that Alexia Campell’s titled her puff piece, “City That Offers Sharia-Compliant Loans to Muslim Business Owners.”

Immigrants from Morocco, Ethiopia, and other North African countries have brought commerce back to long-neglected neighborhoods, like Lake Street in Lyndale. Once a commercial corridor in the early 1900s, shops on Lake Street began closing as consumers moved to the suburbs.

With the help of the city’s program, more than 20 businesses are open again on Lake Street. “I think this will spread,” says Temali. “One of the most outstanding features of the United States is its long history of incorporating immigrants into the economy instead of excluding them.”

 Actually what made the United States outstanding was that immigrants assimilated into American culture, the so-called melting pot, rather than force their own individual cultures on everyone else.

Minnesota: Somali Voter Fraud Uncovered in Dem Race feat Muslim Candidate

This is the same campaign where Somali Muslims brawled abruptly ending Democratic caucus in February.via Allegations of Voter Fraud in Hotly Contested Minn. House DFL Primary Race | KSTP TV. h/t Refugee Resettlement Watch

Absentee voting started Friday, six weeks ahead of primary elections. Already there are strong allegations of voter fraud.

The attorney for Phyllis Kahn says he got word Thursday night; there might be hundreds of people who are registering and voting using an address that’s not their home.

Absentee voting kicked-off Friday morning in a hotly contested democratic primary race for the state house between incumbent Phyllis Kahn and Mohamud Noor.

Brian Rice, attorney for the Phyllis Kahn Volunteer Committee, claims there’s voter fraud.

“I think there is a coordinated effort to use this address to bring voters into the DFL primary election on August 12, that’s what I think is going on,” Rice said. “It’s wrong, it violates Minnesota Law, it’s a crime.”

According to voter registration records from the Secretary of State’s office and the DFL Voter Activation Network more than 140 people used 419 Cedar Avenue South in Minneapolis as their home address, when they registered to vote.

The address is for what’s called Cedar Mailbox Center. The building manager and mail center’s employees weren’t comfortable speaking on camera, but they said they were surprised by the allegations.

They say nobody put the wrong address on purpose. For 13 years, many Somali-Americans from all across the state have been getting their mail there. They say nobody lives there.

“We’re asking for an investigation under laws that exist to get to the bottom of this matter,” Rice said.

Under state law, you must live in the precinct where you’re voting.

“It’s possible that some of these new registrants have already voted, and if they don’t live there, they’ve committed a felony,” Rice said.

Friday afternoon, Rice brought this to the attention of Hennepin County Election officials by serving this petition.

“If we don’t have integrity in our elections, we have nothing,” Rice said.

Hennepin County election officials confirm they have received the petition and they are looking into it. They said they will have a response in five days.

We reached out to the Mohamud Noor campaign for reaction to the petition that was filed, challenging voters at “419 Cedar avenue South.” They issued the following statement:

The Mohamud Noor for House campaign’s early voting program brought hundreds of voters to the polls today on the first day of early voting in the DFL primary in House District 60B. According to the City of Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services Division, 447 voters cast their ballot today, nearly 300 more votes cast than on the first day of early voting in the 2013 city elections. Campaign records show that the overwhelming majority of those 447 voters were brought to the polls by the Mohamud Noor campaign. The campaign’s dozens of volunteers ran shuttles and busses from around the district to encourage voters to cast their ballot early.

Mohamud Noor, candidate for Minnesota House said, “Today has been an incredibly exciting day. This campaign is bigger than just me, it’s about getting everyone engaged in the democratic process. It has been truly inspiring to see so many people get involved and get out to vote today.”

Noor went on to say, “So many people have told me their stories of how my campaign has made them feel empowered to take part in the political process for the first time, people like Muna Muse from Seward. Muna has been a citizen for almost a decade and today she exercised her right to vote for the very first time. I’m so honored that she voted for me, but also that our campaign was able to energize new DFL voices to re-elect Governor Dayton and Senator Franken.”

Responding to the petition filed by former Kahn campaign manager Brian Rice, Mohamud Noor said, “I categorically deny any assertion of wrongdoing on the part of my campaign, and I welcome an investigation into the baseless allegations raised by Brian Rice. Allegations of fraud are serious and must be investigated thoroughly. My campaign is committed to a transparent and inclusive process for all voters and I am extremely proud of the work done by all of my campaign’s volunteers to further the goal of a free, fair, and safe election for everyone in the district. My campaign has focused on voter turnout and education; because of the high rate of participation by East Africans in elections, we have carried out no voter registration campaigns, contrary to the implications of Mr. Rice.”

 

Minnesota: At least 15 Muslims leave U.S. to wage jihad in Syria

Traitorous Keith Ellison has done nothing to stop the jihadi breeding going on in Minnesota. via American Muslims flocking to jihadist group | New York Post. h/t TROP

Radicalized young American Muslims — including as many as 15 Somali-born Minnesotans — have flocked to a jihadist group in recent months, lured by rap videos and hip social-media propaganda.

Security experts are calling it the “Jihad Cool” rebranding of terrorism, and say it’s highly effective in pushing Americans like Abdirahmaan Muhumed, a Twin Cities father of nine, to high-tail it to Syria to help the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant topple President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

“I give up this worldly life for Allah,” Muhumed said of joining the Islamic State in a Facebook message earlier this year. If people call him a terrorist, he’s “happy with it,” he added.

While not fighting, Muhumed has been busy posting images of himself online, showing himself smiling into the camera while holding an AK-47 and throwing the jihadi equivalent of a gang sign — pointing his index finger skyward. Another image appears to show the head of a deceased male.

The trend was first reported by Minnesota Public Radio.

The FBI would not name the 15 radicalized Minnesotans, except to confirm that Muhumed is among them, and that the agency is investigating how they were recruited.

 They were recruited by other Muslims in Minnesota, likely in mosques.

Keith Ellison petitions Congress for jailed Muslim Brotherhood member

Earlier this week, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour shamelessly shilled for the Muslim Brotherhood. @CausingFitna found Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison taking it a step further and entering a statement into the Congressional record in support of Muslim Brotherhood activist and Hamas-terrorist supporter Mohamed Soltan. Meanwhile, Ellison’s Muslim constituents continue to flee the U.S. to wage jihad in foreign lands.

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Note the Muslim Brotherhood insignia on the Youtube page.

Patrick Poole also caught the Egyptian Press Syndicate shilling for the jailed Muslim Brotherhood member who had previously resided in the U.S.

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A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

Also read:

Keith Ellison’s Rogues Gallery

Keith Ellison for dummies

Minnesota: At least 12 Somali Muslims have left for jihad in Syria

It’s a mosque thing. via FBI: Somalis leaving Minnesota to fight in Syria – KMSP-TV.

MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - The FBI says more Somali travelers have left Minnesota, possibly to fight against the regime of President Bashar Assad in Syria. Investigators believe those who left Minnesota were motivated by radical ideology, not nationalism.

SOURCE: 12 MINNESOTA SOMALIS HAVE LEFT FOR SYRIA

The FBI has not specified how many people are believed to involved, but a leader in the Minnesota Somali community told Fox 9 News a dozen men have left. The FBI confirmed they have “indications” that some recently traveled overseas. Now, they are reaching out to the large Somali population in Minnesota to learn more.

One young man — a 20-year-old Somali college student — left the Twin Cities as recently as last Thursday. He sent a text message to his family from Istanbul, Turkey, to say he was heading to Syria to fight in the holy war.

If you know anyone who is planning to and/or has traveled to a foreign country for armed combat or who is being recruited for such activities, please contact www.fbi.gov/fttips or call (763) 569-8020. All information will be kept completely confidential.

The request for tips comes about a week after an American from Florida died in a suicide bombing attack on Syrian government troops in the city of Iblib.

Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, 22, is believed to be the first U.S. citizen involved in a suicide bombing in the civil war’s three-year history. His family thought he was in Jordan when he died.

Since 2007, at least 22 young men have left Minnesota to join al-Shabaab in Somalia. Some have died there, and some were even praised as “Minnesota Martyrs” in an elaborate video released last year.

 

Minnesota: Somali Muslim teen leaves U.S. to join jihadists in Syria

via USA: Somali teen leaves Minnesota to join Jihadists in Syria | Somalicurrent.com. h/t Under the Burka

Somaliccurent (Minnesota) – Family of a missing Somali- American teenage in Minnesota told their son is allegedly suspected of joining what he said to be Jihad as FBI has confirmed to his families that Abdi Mohamed Nur, 20 years old teen to be currently in Turkey and heading to Syria.

Ifrah Mohamed Nur, sister of Mohamed Nur who is suspected of joining fight in Syria told VOA that her brother has left USA on Thursday and said, “We have informed FBI that our brother is missing and that we are not aware of where exactly he is right away, and that we want your help. Then days later FBI has confirmed that our brother Abdi Nur is in Turkey and that he is being suspected of joining war in Syria.”

She added that her brother’s mind has been changed within less than 2 months after he started to learn school.

“He grew up in this country and has completed his high school last year. He started a college several months ago. He used to play a basketball. He was vigorously interesting in learning Islamic religion and used to go a Mosque in Carmelo and Sheik Feisal who is in Carmelo used to teach Kuran and one day he told us that there is a sheik who took him to another mosque in Minnesota and that was the time when our brother has completely changed.”

What mosque? Who is the imam?

She added that her brother Abdi Mohamed Nur has one day before leaving sent a text and told her that he is going to join Jihad that doesn’t exist and said to her ‘don’t not worry about me, I am going join Jihad in search of my Haven.’

 Why didn’t she alert the FBI at that point?

Minnesota: Two Mohamed’s arrested in weekend stabbing

Religion of peace ya’ll. via Two arrested in weekend stabbing | KIMT 3.

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Two men are behind bars after a stabbing early Saturday morning in Rochester. According to police Mohamed June, 21, and Mohamed Ahmed, 20, were arrested and charged with assault. The stabbings occurred during a large fight at 851 21st St. SE, near the Edge Apartments. Police described the scene as ‘chaotic’, but were able to work the scene. “Well you have multiple things to try and do at once. We render aid to the victims, secure a crime scene, figure out who the suspects might be and rely that information to responding officers. And in this case that was all done to perfection.” Rochester Police Department Captain John Sherwin said.

Three individuals were stabbed and taken to St. Mary’s hospital, all are expected to survive. June and Ahmed were taken into custody when police found a knife in their vehicle during a traffic stop, and noticed the two were covered in blood. More charges could be filed.

 

Minnesota: Muslim woman who robbed 5 U.S. banks gets just 3 years jail

Local papers had a few paragraphs, Al Arabiya had the most detail and FBI photo. via Jailed: Ranya al-Huthaili, the Saudi woman who robbed 5 U.S. banks – Al Arabiya News. h/t Under the Burka

A U.S.-Saudi woman sentenced earlier this week to three years prison over a spate of bank robberies was described by her lawyer as a “naïve” individual who “had been trained her whole life to be submissive,” to a transcript of the sentencing obtained by Al Arabiya News.

Ranya al-Huthaili was sentenced this week to three and a half years in prison for committing five bank robberies in both Wisconsin and Minnesota, in four weeks, in 2013.c7298965-c694-4ea2-8a20-56c18a8eae53

During the sentencing hearing, Huthaili explained how “ashamed” she was of the crime she was being sentenced for.

Huthaili, now 23 years old, was born in Saudi Arabia to a reportedly well-off family but moved to the U.S. at 17 and lived a modest life in Minnesota, where she went to school, and graduated from Roseville High School. Her family and a large group of supporters were present at her sentencing hearing on Wednesday.

The government of Saudi Arabia reportedly paid for her tuition and gave her a stipend of over a $1,000 when she attended Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was a senior at the university at the time of her arrest. The Saudi government often pays for their citizen’s college tuition.

Huthaili’s mother, whom she moved to the U.S. with as a teenager, said that she had no reason to believe her daughter was in need of money.

In fact, in a transcript of the sentencing, provided to Al Arabiya News by the court, Huthaili was described as having “had a life of relative privilege.”

“I know what I did is horrible … what I did is unacceptable … I deserve to be punished for what I did,” Al-Huthaili told the court, during her sentencing hearing.

“I’m just so ashamed and so disgusted with myself for my mistakes,” she said.

Huthaili pleaded guilty to robbing the Dairy State Bank in Menomonie, Wisconsin, on September 9, 2013 as well as another bank in Wisconsin and three in Minnesota.

Reports show that she went on the robbery spree to get money to support a boyfriend, Thomas Rubino, who claimed he needed money for cancer treatments and to pay off the Mafia.

Court documents reflect Huthaili’s sentiments that Rubino did not ask her to rob the banks, in fact, it was reflected that he did not know she was planning on committing the robberies.

Huthaili’s lawyer described her as a “very naïve and dependent young woman” that is the product of being raised in Saudi Arabia and having a strict father.

“The psychological testing shows that she was trained her whole life to be submissive,” her lawyer, Daniel Scott, told the court during her sentencing trial.
“Her mother, who spent her time here … as a regular American, spent her time in the house basically for [Huthaili’s] whole upbringing,” which did not give Huthaili the skills or the understanding of “how to deal with each other in a social setting,” her lawyer said.

[Using the same logic, phsychological testing should prevent many Muslims from being allowed to enter the U.S.]

Despite her apparent naivety, records show that Huthaili robbed the five banks systematically —slipping a note to the tellers, reading: “I have a gun. Do not make noise. You have one minute to give me the money.”

While she did not have a gun on her, in actuality, the threat still worked. In just one of her robberies — the Dairy State Bank incident — she walked out with $2,350 in cash.

At Hutaili’s sentencing trial on Wednesday, Mary Zacharias, who was the teller at one of the banks that Huthaili robbed, told the court “she terrorized us. She terrorized everybody that she hit.”

Five of the $20 bills that Huthaili walked out of the Dairy State Bank robbery with were actually marked bait money — money that has serial numbers that are recorded with the bank, so, in the case of a robbery, can be passed on to the police.

The marked bills are what eventually led police to arrest Huthaili, after she used some of the bills to purchase a laptop from an Apple Store in her hometown. She was arrested in the parking lot of the shopping center. She had also purchased another wig and sunglasses, leading authorities to believe she was planning another robbery.

“There’s no sign that this crime spree was going to come to an end voluntarily had you not been arrested,” the judge told Huthaili during her sentencing. “You were on a roll with this criminal activity.”

It was with this understanding that Huthaili accepted the sentencing to three-and-a-half years in prison with three years of supervised release.


Elsewhere in Minnesota, a self-proclaimed Muslim robbed 30+ banks and only got 14 years. Two Muslims and nearly 40 banks robbed.

And in Canada a Muslim can kill his daughter for mumbling under her breath and only get 6 months jail, served on Monday and Tuesday only.

 

Minnesota: Bank robbing Sheikh Bilaal Muhammad Arafat gets 14 years for ‘reign of terror’

He said that prosecutors were out to get him because he is a Muslim. Apparently learning to play the victim comes with the conversion card. via ‘Man in Black’ bank robber gets 14 years for ‘reign of terror’ – TwinCities.com. h/t UNDER THE BURKA

It took a year for Sheikh Bilaal Muhammad Arafat — known to the FBI as the “Man in Black” — to rob 31 banks.

The terror he instilled while demanding money with armed threats, his victims said, will last much longer.

“We live with this forever,” said Pat Zellmann, 52, a manager at KleinBank in Cologne, Minn. It was the site of Arafat’s biggest one-day take in the string of crimes — $11,400.20130115__Wetsch, Mark Edward-c

In a St. Paul federal courtroom Monday for Arafat’s sentencing, Zellmann described the nightmares, fervent fears and shattered sense of security that followed the March 2011 robbery in which Arafat, formerly known as Mark Edward Wetsch, wielded a knife and a convincing toy gun. She started wondering if he was following her, she said.

The robberies — Arafat pleaded guilty in 2013 to six and admitted to the other 25 — landed him a 14-year federal prison sentence from U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson. In pronouncing sentence, Nelson said the crimes were “nothing short of a reign of terror” that “caused unthinkable emotional damage” to dozens of victims.

She also said Arafat, 51, had taken no responsibility and shown no remorse for the robberies. He went through two public defenders before deciding to represent himself, filed hundreds of court documents on a wide range of topics and tried to withdraw his plea agreement, claiming it was coerced and unjust.

As recently as May 14, he filed a sentencing statement titled “Innocence Gone Wrong” that began: “I am innocent and I accept absolutely no responsibility for the charged offenses the Government has charged me with.”

“The only victims here are myself and my children,” he said. He also said that prosecutors were out to get him because he is a Muslim

In addition to the prison sentence, which was in line with the plea agreement, Nelson ordered Arafat to pay about $108,000 in restitution. He already owes about $1.5 million in restitution for a previous federal conviction for swindling with phony invoices a nursing home he used to work for.

He pleaded guilty to that offense in 2005 and spent nearly three years in federal prison. Prosecutors said the money he stole paid off debts and funded fancy cars, exotic vacations and extensive home remodeling.

 

Minneapolis: Muslim woman gets just 3 years probation for funding jihad, lying about it

via Woman Sentenced for Lying About Role in Funding Somali Terrorist Group | KSTP TV – Minneapolis and St. Paul. h/t JW

A 23-year-old woman was sentenced for lying to a United States Grand Jury earlier this week.

United States District Court Judge Michael J. Davis sentenced Saynab Abdirashid Hussein to three years of probation. On Aug. 28, the she was charged with one count of perjury. She pleaded guilty on Aug. 29, and has agreed to cooperate with the United States.

On June 16, 2009, the defendant lied to a United States Grand Jury saying that she did not participate in raising money for the individuals who left Minnesota to fight against Ethiopian troops then present in Somalia assisting with the internationally-recognized Transitional Federal Government of Somalia.

This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Minneapolis: Prosecutors seeking 2 years for student in terrorism perjury case

In a sentencing memorandum filed last month, Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Kovats wrote that if the law didn’t place a five-year maximum sentence for a perjury conviction, the government could have sought a sentence of at least 27 years — and as long as 33 years and nine months.

“(T)he evidence clearly shows the defendant was a firmly rooted member of the conspiracy who shared not only the same views as her co-conspirators, but also the same goals. Moreover, she strived to accomplish them.”

Kovats and Bell wrote that Hussein “supported the ‘Mjs’ with her money and her heart,” and noted that in her secret sentencing memo, she acknowledged helping raise $1,300 so one of the Minneapolis men could travel to Somalia. The man was later charged and remains a fugitive.

“Insha’allah we’ll do what we can by cooking and selling it and as we increase in numbers we’ll get more ideas insha’allah which by the way we are having more people involved,” she told Kamal UK in a Jan. 26, 2008, email.

She asked him to tell one of the Minneapolis men who had arrived in the country “to be smart and wise about recruiting people because we cannot trust everyone.”

From a previous Creeping Sharia post:

After the hearing, prosecutors didn’t say what their position would be regarding deportation, and defense attorneys declined comment. Neither would comment on what her immigration status is, but court documents suggest she is a lawful permanent resident.

Update via: Woman gets probation in Minnesota Al-Shabab case

She is not a U.S. citizen and could be subject to deportation. Foster said no immigration proceedings are pending.

Minnesota: Dozen Muslim boys leave school to attend Koran school

via Qur’an school serves growing Muslim community in north metro | Star Tribune.

Thirteen-year-old Fadel Hasan has memorized the entire roster of his favorite football team, the Minnesota Vikings. He usually has an opinion about draft picks and trades that he doesn’t hesitate to share, his dad says.

Now, the youngster is using his memorization skills to learn and recite every word of the Qur’an, the Muslim holy book.

He is one of a dozen Muslim boys who have left conventional junior and senior high schools for a period of time to attend the intensive Qur’an school Darul Arqam Center For Excellence in Blaine.

The school met with neighborhood opposition last year when it bought the building where it had been renting space and sought to create a permanent home. More than 80 neighbors signed a petition asking the city to deny a permit for the school, citing traffic and other reasons. School families said they believe fear and misunderstanding about their faith fueled the opposition, with some neighbors asking about the school’s ties to extremism.

The parents are emphatic: There are none.

The permit was approved last June.

Most students study full time for 2½ years, keeping up with regular studies through home schooling on nights and weekends. Their final exam is to recite the Qur’an in one sitting, a process that starts in the morning and continues until sunset. The first two students will sit for their final exam this spring.

All of the full-time students are boys, but weekend instruction is available for girls.

The parents who founded the Qur’an school say it is a part of the process of establishing roots in the broader community, teaching their children morals, and laying the foundation for future religious and community leaders.

Koranic morals:

Koran 5.051 anyone? “O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends

Koran 9:29 Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

The school is housed in a nondescript, two-story office building that the families decided to buy when it went into foreclosure.

The children who attend the Qur’an school are mostly the American-born sons and daughters of immigrants from India, Pakistan and Somalia. Many of the parents came to the United States for college or career and either have become citizens or have green cards. They are doctors, engineers, real estate agents and finance executives who have settled in the north suburbs.

To be memorized:

Quran (2:191-193)“And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief] is worse than killing…

but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful.   And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone.  But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun (the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)”

Quran (2:244)“Then fight in the cause of Allah, and know that Allah Heareth and knoweth all things.”

Quran (2:216)Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.”

Quran (3:56)“As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help.”

Quran (3:151)“Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority”.  This speaks directly of polytheists, yet it also includes Christians, since they believe in the Trinity (ie. what Muhammad incorrectly believed to be ‘joining companions to Allah’).

Quran (4:74)“Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.”

But to the glorious story:

Samad Syed, an engineer at a Twin Cities firm, is the vice president of the nonprofit that oversees the school. His son is a toddler, too young to attend the school, but being part of its inception is important to Syed, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from India.

He estimates there are about 400 Muslim families in the north suburbs who are active in community groups. Many locate there because of jobs, schools, nice homes and other amenities that make the suburbs attractive to young families.

Once the families decided to plant roots, they stayed up nights worrying about their children’s education, future and their moral compass. They held informal religious education for their children at home but felt it wasn’t enough.

“Our kids were not getting the education we wanted them to get. It was pretty unorganized,” Syed said. “The Qur’an teaches you how to be a good human being. It teaches you how to treat other people. This is our identity, who we are.”

Dr. Muhammad Suri, a psychiatrist at a local hospital, has four daughters who attend weekend classes.

“They have a lot of questions and curiosity about religion and culture,” said Suri, who is originally from Pakistan. “This helps them understand.”

“This country has given us a lot,” he added. “We also have some good cultural and family values of our own which we think will benefit this society.”

Honor killing? Gender segregation? Polygamy? Female genital mutilation? Wife beating? Which cultural and family values will benefit this society?

Minneapolis City Council creates Somali-American day

 A few weeks ago city hall declared “Hijab Day”…

…and the mayor pretended she was Muslim when pandering to Somali Muslims.

Minneapolis mayor

Minneapolis mayor

 

via Minneapolis City Council creates Somali-American day | Star Tribune.

The Minneapolis City Council voted Friday to mark July 1 as Somali American Day in the city, home to many immigrants from the East African country.

 The date holds significance among Somalis, who celebrate independence day on July 1 both in Somalia and the U.S. diaspora. That’s the day the Somali republic was created by uniting territories previously controlled by Italy and Britain.

 Abdi Warsame, the first Somali-American on the Minneapolis City Council, praised the resolution at a council meeting on Friday. “This is a very important resolution for me,” he said. “And it actually came from the elders and the community leaders who wanted to highlight the contributions, the culture, the values of the Somali-American community, which is a large and growing population in the city of Minneapolis.”

Minneapolis Mayor Wears Hijab to Meet Somali Muslims

Preemptive submission to sharia…aka dhimmitude, via Star Tribune. h/t LUTBOI

In her first 100 days in office, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges has held hands with the Dalai Lama and traveled to the White House. She has spent a fifth of her time traveling for business: Three trips to Washington, D.C., two to New York City and one to Portland, Ore. But she has not pushed many new plans, instead building her own team and deepening relationships, particularly with Somali-Americans.

…hours after she lost the Southwest light-rail vote, she visited a Somali mall on E. 24th Street in a blue hijab, accompanied by her Somali liaison, Abdirahman Muse. Hodges’ office said she is fulfilling many of the promises she put forth in a 100-day plan for the Somali community, including asking the city attorney for a review of small business regulations.

In an upstairs room, Somali shopkeepers praised her for showing up, and poured out their concerns through translators, telling her they needed more space to park, more opportunities for idle youth, and more Somali police officers.

No concerns about learning English or assimilating into American culture. And when your dhimmi mayor comes begging with a hijab on why would they even consider changing.

The cancer spreads:

Minneapolis: From Hijab to Jihad

Iowa: Governor proclaims Muslim Recognition Day at state capitol

Minneapolis City Hall declares “Hijab Day”, dhimmitude ensues

Texas House declares “Muslim Day”

Minnesota: Hamas-CAIR shakes down sheriff’s office, policy changed allowing more sharia for Muslim criminals

The application of Islamic sharia law (and the Islam tax) goes even further:

a nonpublic photo without the covering will be taken for police use and another photo with the covering will be available for public use.

via Hennepin County sheriff’s office announces new policy for religious head coverings for inmates | Star Tribune. h/t LUTBOI

Dhimmitude: Hennepin County Sheriff Richard W. Stanek, left, and Major J.R. Storms spoke about the addition of a policy regarding Islamic head coverings for Muslim inmates.

Dhimmitude: Hennepin County Sheriff Richard W. Stanek, left, and Major J.R. Storms spoke about the addition of a policy regarding Islamic head coverings for Muslim inmates.

Inmates at the Hennepin County jail will be allowed to wear religious head coverings, the Sheriff’s Office said Thursday, making it the first law enforcement agency in Minnesota to adopt such a policy.

Just a few hours after Sheriff Rich Stanek announced the change, the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office said it will roll out a similar policy this week.

The new policies were warmly welcomed by representatives of religious and cultural groups.

“This addresses the most fundamental of civil rights,” said Fartun Weli, executive director of Isuroon, a Somali women’s advocacy group. “It’s part of our identity.”

The trauma of an arrest can move a suspect to “seek spiritual relief, but they also have to deal with the shame of not being able to wear a head covering,” Weli said. “This is a big deal to us, but we aren’t saying somebody should receive special treatment because of their religion.”

How do you say bullshit in Somali? The punishment for breaking the law is LOSING rights, not getting special privileges at taxpayer expense.

Although both sheriff’s offices had been considering the changes for nearly a year, a compelling letter from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to Stanek last fall drove home the importance of allowing religious garb in jail, the sheriff said.

In Hennepin County, at least a couple of dozen inmates each year will be affected. When individuals wearing a head covering such as yarmulke, hijab or kufi are booked into jail, they will be taken to a private area where the clothing item will be searched and inventoried. For security reasons, the jail then will provide a replacement.

Procedures are also in place for inmates who didn’t arrive wearing a religious head covering, but want to request one.

One caveat: An inmate can receive a head covering only if he or she isn’t deemed a safety or security threat, Stanek said. If the covering is altered or used for anything other than its intended purpose, it will be taken away.

The new policy also includes booking photos. In Hennepin County, a female inmate wearing a hijab will be allowed to keep it on, but push it back off her face for the photo. In Ramsey County, a nonpublic photo without the covering will be taken for police use and another photo with the covering will be available for public use.

Outright compliance with Islamic sharia…at taxpayer expense.

The policy’s genesis

The new policy, which adheres to the constitutional and federal requirements of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, followed discussions with CAIR and experts on religion and corrections, Stanek said. His office also reviewed similar policies in California and Illinois.

Before the new policy, the Sheriff’s Office considered head covering requests from inmates case-by-case. The jail currently accommodates inmates with specific religious needs such as adhering to dietary requirements, providing religious literature and organizing religious leaders from a variety of faiths who volunteer in the jail.

Each year, more than 38,000 people are booked into Hennepin County jail and 20,000 into the Ramsey County facility. Inmates usually are struggling with a variety of issues when they land in jail, and not being able to wear a head covering can add to their problems, Weli said.

Weli has seen a jail-issued hijab, which is dark brown and made with a stretchy material. She said she was pleased with it, and that it compared well to one she might buy at a local Somali shopping mall.

Lori Saroya, executive director of CAIR, agreed, then joked she was glad they weren’t the bright orange color typically associated with jail attire.

An influential letter

Saroya said her office has heard complaints of insensitivity over head coverings at jails throughout the state.

In August 2013, a religious Muslim woman was ordered to remove her hijab and given two T-shirts to cover her head and arms, Saroya said.

The letter CAIR sent to Stanek in December detailed that incident and compared making the religious woman remove her scarf to asking a woman to take off her shirt.

“The hijab is not an accessory. Muslim women who wear the hijab sincerely believe it is a religious obligation,” the letter stated.

The letter also discussed federal and state discrimination laws, head-covering policies in other states and recommendations for the Hennepin County jail. Saroya hopes other counties will follow the lead of Hennepin and Ramsey.

Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, also hailed the change. “We appreciate the difficulty in balancing a person’s sincerely held religious beliefs and practices with the need to maintain security and decorum at the [jail],” he said.

The new policy is an opportunity to be proactive rather than reactive, Stanek said.

Proactive sharia law? Stanek and the other LEO’s should be ashamed of even meeting with the Hamas-linked, federally named unindicted co-conspirator to the largest Islamic terror financing conviction in U.S. history. They are negligent in their duty to protect Americans.

There’s a plague settling across Minnesota:

Minneapolis City Hall declares “Hijab Day”

Minnesota: St. Paul Police Dept bows down, approves police-issued hijab

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