Alabama: Immigrant grocery store owner sentenced, ordered to pay $5.2M in food stamp fraud

Like burqa bank robberies, the rise in food stamp fraud (click for more) coinciding with the growing Muslim population is likely just a coincidence. In this latest case, Hasan Ahmed is a US citizen who apparently doesn’t speak English. That didn’t stop him from running an elaborate scheme to rob taxpayers of more than $5.2 million dollars.

Source: Bessemer grocery store owner sentenced, ordered to pay $5.2 million in food stamp fraud case | AL.com

The owner of a Bessemer grocery store was sentenced this week to three years and 10 months in federal prison and was ordered to forfeit $5.2 million to the government for defrauding the food stamp program, structuring cash transactions and laundering money to hide the illegal profit, and evading federal income taxes, federal authorities announced Wednesday.

Hasan F. Ahmed, 50, owner and operator of Associated Discount Foods on Ninth Street South in Bessemer, pleaded guilty in March to one count each of food stamp fraud, tax evasion and structuring currency transactions, and four counts of money laundering.

U.S. District Judge R. David Proctor sentenced Ahmed and ordered the $5.2 million forfeiture at a hearing on Monday, according to a joint statement from U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Veronica Hyman-Pillot and U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General, Investigations, Special Agent in Charge Karen Citizen-Wilcox.

“For several years, this defendant misused thousands of dollars’ worth of food stamp benefits every day, enriching himself at the expense of American taxpayers and food stamp recipients,” Vance stated. “The SNAP program provides assistance for those who need help to feed their families. We will not allow criminals to corrupt that program so they can feed their own greed.”

Hyman-Pillot stated that Ahmed intentionally abused the SNAP program and lined his pockets with taxpayer funds. “His actions ultimately reduced the amount of benefits available to families in need of nutrition assistance. IRS-CI and our law enforcement partners will continue to work together and investigate similar schemes. We will trace every penny of illicit proceeds and return the funds to the United States Government.”

Ahmed is a U.S. citizen, but had an interpreter who speaks Bengali at his plea hearing in March. He has a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Ahmed was not among the 17 people arrested in the Birmingham area in a sweep last year by law enforcement that was the biggest food stamp fraud investigation in Jefferson County’s history.

According to Ahmed’s plea deal: Continue reading

At least 300 “Americans” using social media to recruit for ISIS

Source: Alabama woman one of 300 Americans using social media to recruit for ISIS | AL.com

ISIS sympathizers using social media to recruit new militants are in Alabama and every state, according to a new report that looks at terrorist infiltration in the U.S.

George Washington University’s Program on Extremism developed the report to determine how militants are using social media – especially Twitter – to foster sympathy and recruit new members. The study identified as many as 300 American or U.S.-based ISIS sympathizers who are using social media to connect and disseminate information.

The ISIS sympathizers are located in every state, the report shows. Their preferred social media is an ever-changing array of Twitter accounts, though they also use Facebook, Google+ and Tumblr, as well as messaging services and the dark web.

“The spectrum of U.S.-based sympathizers actual involvement with ISIS varies significantly, ranging from those who are merely inspired by its message to those few who reached mid-level leadership positions within the group,” the study’s authors, Lorenzo Vidino and Seamus Hughes wrote.

In the wake of deadly attacks last month in Paris, authorities have been growing increasingly concerned about the threat to the homeland posed by Islamic militants or “lone wolves” who identify with ISIS. The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI has confirmed ISIS-related investigations are underway in Alabama and every U.S. state.

The latest report looks at social media accounts and legal cases against ISIS recruits. Based on the cases currently within the justice system, New York and Minnesota are the states with the most activity; other hot spots are California, Illinois and North Carolina. Texas, Ohio and Mississippi all report an increased level of activity. Alabama is on the low end of the spectrum, with no reported legal cases involving ISIS sympathizers.

That doesn’t mean they don’t exist in states like Alabama, however; it just means they aren’t in the court system.

“The indictments are the tip of the iceberg,” researchers said.

So far this year, U.S. authorities have arrested almost 70 people for supporting or plotting with ISIS. That’s the largest number of terrorism-related arrests in the county in a single year since September 2001. Social media is a big part of that communications, the researchers said.

“While some seek to join the self-declared caliphate in ISIS-controlled territory, others plan attacks within the U.S.,” Vidino said. “It’s a growing and disturbing phenomenon.”


Read it all.

This related post is by far one of the most popular on Creeping Sharia in the past month and must have woken up some folks in the Heart of Dixie:  Alabama Muslim woman among ISIS’ most active recruiters.

Unfortunately, there’s several dozen more posts on Alabama in our archives.

Alabama Muslim woman among ISIS’ most active recruiters

Conveniently, Hamas-linked CAIR is the spokesman for the family.

via Alabama woman radicalized online found to be among ISIS’ most active recruiters – Yellowhammer News

According to a newly released study by George Washington University (GW), an Alabama college student who abandoned her family to join the so called Islamic State is now among the terrorist group’s most active recruiters in the United States, as a result of her active social media presence.

 The report, ISIS in America: From Retweets to Raqqa, details ISIS’ how ISIS is using social media to motivate existing supporters, and radicalize new ones.

Here’s how it works, according to the GW Program on Extremism study:

ISIS Activists and sympathizers are active on a variety of platforms — open forums, private messaging apps, and the dark web — but Twitter is by far the platform of choice. The Program on Extremism identified and monitored approximately 300 American supporters of ISIS on Twitter, including some individuals now in Syria and Iraq. These accounts can be divided into three categories: noes, amplifiers and shout-outs.

NODES:
Nodes are the leading voices in the ISIS Twittersphere. They enjoy a prominent status and are the primary content creators for the network. A group of two or three clustered users will often swap comedic memes, news articles and official ISIS tweets, allowing them to pool followers and more easily spread content both to new audiences and throughout their network.

AMPLIFIERS:
Amplifiers largely do not generate new content but rather retweet and “favorite” material from popular users. Ultimately, because they post little, if any, original content, it is often unclear whether these accounts correspond to real-life ISIS sympathizers or are programmed to post automatically.

SHOUT-OUTS:
Shout-out accounts primarily introduce new, pro-ISIS accounts to the community and promote newly created accounts of previously suspended users, allowing them to quickly regain their pre-suspension status. A unique innovation of the online ISIS scene, they tend to have the largest followings in the Twitter landscape and play a pivotal role in the community’s resilience, despite frequent account suspensions.

CHARACTERS:
— Nearly 1/3 of the tracked accounts are purportedly operated by women.
— Most American ISIS supporters online communicate in English.
— Many accounts use avatars of black flags, lions and green birds (a symbol of martyrs).
— Increasingly avatars feature Americans arrested on terrorism charges, killed waging jihad abroad, or committing attacks in the U.S.

One of the Islamic State’s “nodes” is Hoda Muthana, a 20-year-old former Alabama college student from Hoover who was radicalized through social media and ultimately abandoned her family to move to ISIS-controlled Syria.

Hoda’s father, Mohammed, and his wife moved to the United States from Yemen in 1992. All of his children were born here and are American citizens.

She now laughs off the idea that she has somehow been brainwashed.

“Everyone’s parents or family members says that about those who have come here,” Hoda said. “To that I say, ‘Fear Allah, fear Allah with what you accuse us of.’”

Online, she’s even bolder, urging Muslims she left behind in Alabama to violently attack their enemies.

[“Terrorize the kuffar [derogatory term for non-Muslims] at home,” she tweeted.]

“Americans wake up!” she tweeted earlier this year. “Men and women altogether. You have much to do while you live under our greatest enemy, enough of your sleeping! Go on drive-bys and spill all of their blood, or rent a big truck and drive all over them. Veterans, Patriot, Memorial etc Day parades..go on drive by’s + spill all of their blood or rent a big truck n drive all over them. Kill them.”

 

 

 

 

California: Feds seek plea deal with Islamic State supporter from Lodi

Source: Federal prosecutor seeks plea deal with Islamic State supporter from Lodi | The Sacramento Bee

The federal government’s case against suspected Islamic State adherent Nicholas Teausant may have moved one step closer Tuesday to resolution without a trial, as a prosecutor said she will seek permission from Washington, D.C., to offer a deal to the defendant.

In a brief hearing Tuesday morning in Sacramento’s downtown federal courthouse, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jean Hobler said prosecutors must seek approval from the Justice Department’s national security division before making an offer to Teausant and his lawyers.

That offer is expected to be made to Teausant’s defense team within a week, Hobler told U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez, who agreed to push the case back until Nov. 17, with the possibility of a guilty plea to an as-yet-undefined charge.

Assistant Federal Defender Matthew Scoble told the judge lawyers are “cautiously optimistic” a resolution of the case can be reached.

Documents filed in the case since Teausant’s March 2014 arrest have teased out the notion that both sides were seeking a way to settle the matter without going to trial.

Teausant, whose 22nd birthday is on Monday, is charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, a charge that could net a 15-year prison sentence and $250,000 fine.

He appeared in court Tuesday in an orange jail jumpsuit but did not speak during the hearing.

Teausant said in a jailhouse interview with The Sacramento Bee in August 2014 that he hoped for a plea bargain that would incorporate some leniency. He denied wanting to stage any attacks against Americans.

A former community college student and National Guard washout who lived in Acampo, near Lodi, Teausant was arrested as he tried to cross the border into Canada near Blaine, Wash.

The FBI and prosecutors say his trip was part of a plan to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State, which has become the Obama administration’s primary focus in its efforts against worldwide terror attacks.

Court documents say he was tripped up by an informant and undercover FBI agent.

Teausant’s case has been delayed in part by questions about his mental state. In December 2014, the court found he was not competent, but after subsequent evaluations, he was found competent in August and the case proceeded.

Another reason for some delay is that the prosecution includes evidence classified as secret by the government.

Teausant, who is being held without bail at the Sacramento County jail, has been described in court papers as boasting of wanting to bomb the Los Angeles subway system and blow up his infant daughter’s day care center because it was a “Zionist reform church.”

He allegedly boasted of wanting to train Islamic State fighters. “I’m going to be a commander and I’m going to be on the front of every single newspaper in the country,” he allegedly told the informant.

Alabama: U.S. Embassy Brings Muslim Students from Morocco to Space Camp

Your tax dollars are funding trips for Muslim students from foreign countries to the U.S.  via Video: Moroccan Students at Space Camp Exploring Huntsville, U.S.AMorocco World News.

Five Moroccan high school students won a contest to travel to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama! See them fly on a plane for the first time, check in to Space Camp, and explore Huntsville in the summertime. Stay tuned for more video this week!

 Apparently there weren’t five students in Alabama or elsewhere in the U.S. who would have benefited from the experience. Or because, like NASA, the goal is now outreach to Muslim countries.

Alabama: Muslim-owned stores turned EBT cards into cash, wired profit to Yemen

via Corner stores turned EBT cards into cash for drugs, wired profit to Yemen, authorities say | AL.com.

A couple of steaks shoplifted at a Gardendale Walmart three months ago led to the biggest food stamp fraud investigation in Jefferson County’s history, and launched 11 simultaneous raids this morning at convenience stores countywide.

Led by the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, teams of law enforcement officers met at 5 a.m. for a briefing and then fanned out across the county beginning at 6:50 a.m. The officers and agents were armed with 242 arrest warrants and plans to arrest 17 suspects.

All 17 suspects were in custody by mid-morning, and investigators already today have filed for forfeiture and condemnation of those 11 stores, which totals more than $1 million in assets.

“This is huge for us,” said Jefferson County District Attorney Brandon Falls.

The massive probe, dubbed Operation T-bone, targeted those they say have been cheating the food stamp system to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars and sending at least some of the profits via wire transfer to Yemen.

“It’s apparently rampant,’‘ she said. “If you just wander into the community and say something about a beneficiary card, someone will sell you one. It’s everywhere.

Those arrested in today’s raids are: Jowher Almnasoob, Abdulrahman Alqublani, Ismail Hassan Elnaham, Saleh Yahya Rowaid, Ramzi Jowher Ali Almansoob, Mujahed Jowher Ali Almansoob, Bashir Abosaleh Mohamed, Fouad Zamzami, Muneer Zindani, Sufyan Saleh, Mansoor Almansoob, Audrey Morris, Jerry Brown, Keith Lee Lucas, Travis Wayne Holmes, Murad Nooruddin and Mable Olympia Kirksey.

They were arrested on charges including public assistance fraud, fraudulent use of a credit card and theft of property, which are felonies. All of those arrested are U.S. citizens, Falls said.

The following stores were raided and now will be subject to forfeiture and condemnation: Graymont Grocery on Graymont Avenue; R&S Supermarket, 326 6th Ave. South; Nana’s Supermarket, 400 1st Street South; 3rd Avenue Package, 1501 3rd Ave. West; Bessemer Market, 2931 Dartmouth Avenue; 40th Street Grocery, 1200 40th Street; Christy’s Texaco, 201 6th Ave. S.W.; Uptown Grocery, 1531 12th Court North; Triple M Food Mart, 1546 FL Shuttlesworth Drive; R&F Inc. Convenience Store, 5612 1st Ave. South; and Munchies-Avondale, 4100 5th Ave. South.


Massive EBT fraud, medicaid fraud, and food stamp fraud in the tens – maybe hundreds – of billions of dollars appears to be a well-coordinated, multi-billion dollar effort within the ummah. Are any of these criminals deported?

 

 

Alabama: Muslim woman joins Islamic State

And Hamas-linked CAIR is the spokesman for the family. via Hoover woman joins ISIS: Meet Hoda Muthana who fled U.S. to Syria | AL.com.

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The 20-year-old woman from Hoover who abandoned her family and fled to Syria a few months ago to join the radical Islamic group called ISIS was quiet and reserved in the halls of Hoover High School, a former classmate said.

Hoda Muthana, who graduated from Hoover High School in 2013 and went on to study business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham before skipping the country in November, was not someone her former classmates suspected would have joined up with a violent Islamic group, said Jordan LaPorta, who graduated with her.

Muthana, who seemed harmless in high school, has shared violent contempt for the United States and non-Muslims in posts she made on Twitter under a different name.

“Terrorize the kuffar [derogatory term for non-Muslims] at home,” she tweeted. “Americans wake up!” “Men and women altogether. You have much to do while you live under our greatest enemy, enough of your sleeping! Go on drive-bys and spill all of their blood, or rent a big truck and drive all over them. Veterans, Patriot, Memorial etc Day parades..go on drive by’s + spill all of their blood or rent a big truck n drive all over them. Kill them.”

It’s that kind of talk that is most shocking to her former classmates.

“To know that someone from your own city can get involved in something so evil, it’s an eye-opener,” LaPorta said. “When you hear about these things on the news, it seems like just an overseas problem. It really opens up your eyes that there are people in this country that sympathize with people like that and think it’s OK … I don’t think anybody saw this in her.”


 

Really? Look at the above picture. Which student would you have chosen as most likely to adhere to the sharia and/or support jihad?

She’s not the first Muslim living in Alabama to act on Allah’s commands: Former Muslim Student Association president from Alabama identified as al Qaeda-linked Somali terrorist.

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