Oregon: Terror-funding Islamic charity pleads guilty to tax fraud

Barack Hussein Obama and Eric Holder exonerate a Muslim convicted of funding al Qaeda. via Oregon Islamic charity pleads guilty to tax fraud | KOIN.com. h/t Money Jihad.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon-based Islamic charity has pleaded guilty to tax fraud in a plea agreement that includes dropping criminal charges against the foundation’s former head, U.S. Attorney for Oregon Amanda Marshall announced Tuesday.

Pete Seda is the former head of the U.S. branch of Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation based in Ashland. A federal appeals court last summer overturned his 2010 conviction on charges he smuggled money out of the country to help Chechen rebels fight Russian forces.

On Tuesday, the charity pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Eugene to one count of filing a false tax return with the Internal Revenue Service. The group was placed on probation for three years, and it agreed during that time not to resume operating as a tax-exempt charity in the U.S., prosecutors said.

The charity failed to report to the Internal Revenue Service that a $150,000 donation in 2000 went overseas to Saudi Arabia and was meant to be sent to Chechnya, prosecutors said. The charity falsely reported on its tax return that the money was used partly to buy a building in the U.S.

The foundation was disbanded after the U.S. government declared it was a terrorist organization and froze its assets.

The charity doesn’t even exist anymore so how can it be placed on three years probation? Or does it exist and has it been operating funding jihad as a designated terrorist org all along? In fact, the terrorist-loving, patriot-hating IRS is only banning the terror-funding Muslim charity from operating as a tax exempt org. Apparently it can operate otherwise.

A message left Tuesday evening with a lawyer representing the charity was not immediately returned.

Also known as Pirouz Sedaghaty, Seda worked for many years as a tree surgeon in Ashland, where he operated the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation and was an outspoken proponent of the peaceful aspects of Islam.

A jury convicted the Iranian-born U.S. citizen in 2010 of using the foundation to help smuggle $150,000 to Saudi Arabia in 2000 and signing a fraudulent tax return to cover it up. During the trial, Seda blamed the tax return on his accountant and maintained the money was for humanitarian aid.

At Seda’s 2011 sentencing, a federal judge said there was no proof directly linking him to terrorism, but the judge said he had no doubt the money went to Islamic fighters in Chechnya, as the prosecution maintained.

In August 2013, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco overturned the conviction, saying the government turned what was really a tax fraud case into a terrorism case. The court said the defense was given incomplete versions of classified documents.

Eric Holder, the 9th Pillar Sharia Court, and the IRS – infidels don’t have a chance against them.

Oregon: Muslim who ran food stamp fraud from halal market sentenced to up to 16 years

via Beaverton food stamp fraud kingpin sent to prison for up to 16 years | OregonLive.com. h/t Dee

Mahmoud Tajgerdu came to court Friday with $35,000 that he hoped would help keep him out of prison.

It didn’t. And he still owes much more.

Tajgerdu, 42, ran a food stamp fraud scheme out of his two Beaverton businesses — a halal meat market and a gas station.

The theft, which authorities believe may have exceeded $1 million, occurred when Tajgerdu rang up phony transactions and charged his customers a fee to illegally exchange their food stamp benefits for cash.

As he bilked hundreds of thousands of dollars from the federal assistance program, he lived in a sprawling million-dollar home in the West Hills and drove a BMW 7 Series car.

He lived a lavish lifestyle funded in part by taxpayers, Washington County Senior Deputy District Attorney Bracken McKey told the court.

The business owner’s greed corrupted his employees and customers, who acted as conspirators in his scam, McKey said. Several employees have been charged and convicted.

His restitution amount and sentence will be finalized at the Aug. 21 hearing.

Tajgerdu was taken into custody after the Friday hearing. After the judge left the bench, he became indignant.

Tajgerdu said he would give nothing more.

“I want to go to jail forever,” he said.

All that’s missing is the “allah akbars”. 

Previously, Four defendants guilty in halal market food stamp fraud.

Oregon: Four defendants guilty in halal market food stamp fraud

And not one is going to jail after robbing American taxpayers. via OregonLive.com. h/t Diversity’s Darkside

Summary: Four of five suspects accused of food stamp fraud operated through a Beaverton ethnic market have been convicted and in Washington County Circuit Court.

The case: On Dec. 3, 2013, Beaverton police and federal agents arrested four people on accusations of aggravated theft and unlawful use of food stamps, and a fifth person was arrested on suspicion of perjury. The arrests came after an investigation that began in 2009 found evidence of fraud. Authorities said Mahmoud Tajgerdu, 42, of Beaverton, co-owner of Beaverton Halal Meat and Mediterranean Groceries, 11527 S.W. Canyon Road, charged customers to exchange their federal food stamp benefits to illegally obtain cash.

Tajgerdu, Bahman Hoshmand, 40, of Beaverton, and Aziz Darakhshani, 39, of Beaverton, were booked into the Washington County Jail on charges of aggravated theft and unlawfully obtaining supplemental nutritional assistance.

Rafik Korkut, 35, of Portland, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of aggravated theft and unlawfully obtaining supplemental nutritional assistance.

Negin Tajgerdu, 23, Mahmoud Tajgerdu’s daughter, was booked into the Washington County Jail on charges of perjury.

Sentences: Hoshmand was sentenced to five years of probation, 100 hours of community service, ordered to pay a total of $900 in fines and assessments and a compensatory fine of $20,000 to Food and Nutrition Services. Hoshmand is to have no contact with the victim.

Negin Tajgerdu was sentenced to two years of probation, 120 hours of community service and fined $300.

Korkut was given a three-year suspended prison sentence and sentenced to five years of probation, including no contact with his co-defendants. Korkut was ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution, a $100 probation fee, a $600 fine and a $12,000 compensatory fine.

What’s next: Aziz Darakhshani’s trial date will be reset to a yet-unknown date in fall 2014, according to Bracken McKey, senior deputy district attorney for Washington County.

Previously: Oregon: Halal grocer, 4 other Muslims arrested in food stamp fraud

Oregon: ‘Carloads’ of Muslims from mosque turned ranch into jihad training camp

via ‘Carloads’ of terrorists turned Oregon ranch into training camp | New York Post.

An Oregon woman says she thought she was opening up her family’s ranch to local Muslims to teach them how to grow and can veggies — and that her husband was even expecting a tax write-off.

But US-born Muslim convert Eva Hatley testified in Manhattan federal court Tuesday that after the “carloads’’ of fellow Muslims she met through her mosque arrived at the 160-acre ranch in Bly in 1999, the couple watched helplessly as their home was turned into an al Qaeda training camp.

“It wasn’t anything like I envisioned for the property,” insisted Hatley, testifying at the trial of one-eyed, hook-handed hate preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri.

Hatley, a two-time witness-protection-program flunky who prefers going by her Muslim name, Ayat Hakimah, said other Muslims from London would soon arrive on al-Masri’s orders.

Hatley’s then-husband, Ivan Rule, was temporarily out of town “shepherding” while his longtime ranch was being overrun with terrorists-in-training, she said.

According to al-Masri’s lawyer last week, the camp was similar to being in the “Cub Scouts,’’ with the men riding horses, tending to little lambs and telling campfire stories.

But Hatley said one of the arrivals, militant Oussama Kassir, boasted about previously running training camps in Afghanistan and being a “hit man” for Osama bin Laden.

She said Kassir told her that al-Masri was his “leader” and that al-Masri sent him and others to the Bly ranch to create a “training camp” where men would learn to shoot guns, throw knives and do calisthenics along open, spacious fields abutting a ravine and desolate dirt roads.

“He said he was there to train men for jihad,” she said. “He said that Abu Hamza sent him. He intended to train them to fight.”

The visitors, she claimed, said the ranch resembled Afghanistan.

She added that some had CDs with information on how to make poisons to “kill people” and regularly “talked” about “robbing and killing truck drivers” on nearby roads.

Kassir, she recalled, claimed there were plans to eventually dig a hillside compound at the ranch for al-Masri to hide out in.

“I was shocked,” said Hatley, who claims she fled the ranch in fear in December 1999, four months after moving in.

During cross-examination, al-Masri’s lawyer Jeremy Schneider painted the gun-loving Hatley as paranoid and having a shady track record.

She admitted to him under oath that she agreed to marry her husband after only their first encounter — and had tricked him into thinking she had money.

She claimed she feared that Rule — who was married four previous times and had 18 kids — wanted to kill her and had “suffocated” his previous wife to death.

When asked if Rule, al-Masri, Kassir or others who stayed at the ranch had ever threatened her, she said, “No, but I am still afraid.”

Hatley went into witness protection in 2004 but was kicked out years later for telling one of her new neighbors her secret.

She was given a second chance, but the feds booted her again after she violated multiple rules, including driving with a suspended license.

Besides setting up the training camp, al-Masri, 56, is accused of conspiring in a 1998 kidnapping in Yemen that resulted in the deaths of four tourists and committing other terror crimes. He faces life in prison if convicted.

Kassir, a Lebanese-born Swede, was convicted in 2009 of plotting to help al Qaeda recruit by trying to set up a weapons training post at the ranch and distributing terrorist training manuals over the Internet.

 

Oregon jihad training camp showed “how to properly slice someone’s throat”

via Witness recalls demo in ‘how to slit a throat’ as terror trial opens – latimes.com. h/t Atlas

On a ranch in rural Oregon, a radical Muslim holding a dagger with a curved blade yanked back the head of a kneeling young man and brought the metal to his neck.

He said he was going to show us how to properly slice someone’s throat,” the kneeling man’s sister testified Thursday as prosecutors began presenting their case against an Egyptian-born imam known as Abu Hamza Masri, the latest terrorism case to unfold in a New York federal court.

Masri, who also goes by Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, was not the man holding the knife, but a government indictment alleges that he sent the knife-wielding man from London to Oregon to establish a terrorist training camp.

It is one of 11 charges against Abu Hamza Masri, a naturalized British citizen who gained fame for his radical sermons in London’s Finsbury Park mosque and who was extradited to the United States in October 2012.

The prosecution’s first witness was Angelica Morris, who was living in a trailer on the Bly ranch with her husband, daughter, son and younger brother in December 1999, when two mysterious men speaking with British accents arrived unannounced late one night.

Both men had long hair and long beards, both dressed in black, and both regularly patrolled the sprawling ranch with guns late at night during their roughly monthlong stay, said Morris. The pair often led other men on their night patrols across the ranch and had them fire pistols, shotguns and rifles down the dry creek bed running through the property, she said.

One day, Morris said the man known as Abu Abdullah took her and her brother, who was 18, outside to demonstrate throat-cutting techniques.

He asked my brother if he would kill a kaffir,” Morris said, defining “kaffir” as a Muslim term for someone who rejects Islam. “I’ve killed sheep, so I don’t know why I couldn’t,” Morris recalled her brother replying.

At that point, Morris said, Abu Abdullah had her brother kneel in front of him and made a slicing motion across her brother’s neck without cutting the skin.

Abu Abdullah eventually left the knife with Morris, who years later turned it over to the FBI. In court, Kim drew the knife out of an envelope and held it up for jurors.

In addition to weapons, Morris said the two men brought British currency. Both said the money was from Abu Hamza Masri, Morris testified. Abu Abdullah specifically told her that “Sheikh Abu Hamza had sent him there to train the brothers,” she said.

Morris, who has left Islam and now lives in Louisiana, described phone calls between Abu Abdullah and Masri which took place in her family’s cramped trailer. She said Abu Abdullah appeared frustrated that there were not more guns or “brothers” on the ranch and felt it was not a suitable training situation.

 

Oregon: Convicted jihadist seeks NSA evidence

Politico’s Josh Gerstein fails to mention the convict is a Muslim who wanted to and thought he was about to kill thousands of Americans at a Christmas tree lighting. via Terror convict seeks snooping evidence – POLITICO.com.

Lawyers for an Oregon man convicted in an attempted terrorism case using evidence derived from one of the National Security Agency surveillance programs detailed by leaker Edward Snowden are demanding broad access to the top-secret surveillance conducted against their client and arguing that it will demonstrate that his conviction be thrown out.

In a motion filed Monday in federal court in Portland, attorneys for Mohamed Mohamud argue that information on the surveillance was deliberately withheld from the defense prior to a jury convicting him nearly a year ago on a count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. Mohamud was arrested as part of an FBI sting in which he attempted to detonate a dummy vehicle bomb at Portland’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony in 2010.

In apparent response to a complex string of events involving an inaccurate representation to the Supreme Court by Solicitor General Donald Verrilli (a seemingly unintentional one on his part) and a later statement by Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), prosecutors advised the Oregon federal court and the defense in November that evidence introduced at Mohamud’s trial was the product of surveillance under a 2008 law, the FISA Amendments Act. Under that law, such a notice was supposed to be provided to the court and defense prior to the trial, the defense argued.

“The Court should conclude that, based on the apparent provenance of the government’s belated disclosure, the government’s failure to comply
with the FAA notice requirement resulted from knowing and intentional conduct by government actors,” Mohamud lawyers Steve Sady, Steve Wax and Lisa Hay wrote in a legal memo supporting the discovery motion.

It appears that Mohamud’s communications with others abroad were acquired under FAA Section 702, a program that allows the NSA to obtain communications from Internet providers by requesting information about foreigners outside the U.S. Under some circumstances, data on Americans that shows up in such e-mail or social media feeds can be used to pursue a criminal case.

Mohamud, who was 18 at the time of his arrest, was scheduled to be sentenced last June but that sentencing was delayed to last December for unclear reasons that now appear to have been related to the surveillance issue. The December sentencing was canceled after the government filed the notice regarding evidence obtained by surveillance.

U.S. District Court Judge Garr King has ordered prosecutors to reply within a month to the motion the defense filed Monday.

Similar litigation is underway in at least one other case, in Colorado,where federal prosecutors recently disclosed surveillance-derived evidence to a criminal suspects charged with providing material support to a designated terrorist group.

Update: Judge denies search documents in bomb plot defense

Oregon: DOJ informs convicted jihadi’s lawyer of NSA surveillance, judge cancels sentencing

The Obama DOJ (and the majority of the administration at this point) are essentially foreign entities. via Judge Suspends Sentencing Of Would-Be Bomber After NSA Revelations

The sentencing of a Somali-American man convicted of trying to bomb a holiday tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore., in 2010 has been put on hold indefinitely. That move comes just days after the Justice Department notified his lawyers that part of the case against him had been “derived from” secret NSA electronic surveillance.

Both sides met Tuesday in the chambers of U.S. District Judge Garr King to discuss next steps. The judge later issued a public order delaying the sentencing of Mohamed Osman Mohamud, which had been scheduled to take place Dec. 18.

“If sentencing remains appropriate, the court will reset the sentencing hearing,” after it rules on motions from federal public defenders Stephen R. Sady and Lisa Hay, the judge’s order said.

The move could foreshadow months or even years of legal wrangling, if the case becomes a vehicle to challenge the constitutionality of once-secret NSA monitoring of overseas email and social media accounts.

The Supreme Court this year turned back a challenge to surveillance law by a group of human rights workers, lawyers and reporters because they could not demonstrate they had been monitored or subjected to any harm. But the fresh disclosure to Mohamud and a series of other defendants in cases where U.S. prosecutors used secret surveillance could help overcome that hurdle.

Defense attorneys Sady and Hay will file court papers seeking discovery from prosecutors early next year. The defense lawyers had no comment on the latest developments in the case. But the heart of their arguments to the Portland jury that convicted Mohamud was that undercover FBI agents entrapped him using a phony fertilizer bomb.

Mohamud, 22, has been living in federal custody in northwest Oregon.

We know this is an NPR piece, but what exactly does “living in federal custody” mean? Other than taxpayer funded halal meals and free Korans.

More from Russian propaganda TV: Would-be bomber’s sentencing delayed due to warrantless wiretap-obtained evidence

The prosecution had filed a notice with the court last Tuesday, November 19, acknowledging for the first time that intelligence collected through a FISA-authorized warrantless wiretap was “offered into evidence or otherwise used or disclosed in proceedings,” which concluded this past January when a jury found Mohamud guilty of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

FISA authorization – backed by Obama and Holder – negates the need for a warrant so this is likely to drag on into a bigger debate on surveillance.

The fact that another Muslim wanted to kill thousands of Americans in the name of Islam and Allah, and thought he actually was about to, will be lost in the legal fray.  The last-minute DOJ manipulation in this case – already nearly three years old – of an insignificant but willing jihadi pawn will result in either legitimizing the NSA run amok or freeing a Muslim to wage jihad again. Or both.

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