Florida: Imam who trained jihadist sentenced to time served, released

Another jihad-preaching & teaching imam defended by terror group CAIR.

via Man accused in jihad plot sentenced to time already served – Orlando Sentinel.

A federal judge Friday morning sentenced Marcus Robertson to time served and ordered his release, saying his time in jail was sufficient for both convictions of tax fraud and weapons charges.

Robertson, also known as Abu Taubah, was accused of teaching another man how to participate in jihad missions overseas.

On Friday, U.S. Judge Gregory Presnell sentenced Robertson to a total of 20 months for both convictions.

But Robertson has spent the last three and a half years in prison, according to his attorney Daniel Broderson, which is more time than his actual sentence.

He was convicted on the weapons charge in 2012 and tax fraud in 2014, the judge said.

As a condition of his release, Robertson was put on probation for three years.

“As the judge remarked, he should not have spent that much time in jail based on the crimes he committed,” Broderson said after the sentencing. “He’s going to go on with his life to the best of his ability.”

Robertson had faced increased sentencing of up to 20 years for allegedly promoting terrorism through these crimes.

According to federal prosecutors, Robertson falsified tax documents to fund recruiting efforts for an al-Qaida base overseas.

This allegation was based on seized books, court-authorized surveillance and the man who says Robertson trained him, Jonathan Jimenez.

Jimenez pleaded guilty in 2012 of lying to FBI agents and falsifying income-tax documents, records show.

He is serving a 10-year prison sentence.

Jimenez, who moved to Central Florida with a ninth-grade education, listed three of Robertson’s children as exemptions on tax documents, court records show.

According to prosecutors, the money was to pay for Jimenez’s overseas travel to learn about killing, suicide bombing and identifying military personnel.

Presnell determined there wasn’t enough evidence to prove the terrorism claim.

At Friday’s sentencing, Presnell said he had received hundreds of emails from people asking him to hand down a maximum sentence.

He read one email that said, “Islam must be stopped and redirected back to the Middle East.”

In his comments to the court, Presnell said the U.S. tolerates other religions and that the emails did not affect his decision.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations in Florida supported the judge’s decision.

The organization’s chief executive director, Hassan Shibly, spoke after the sentencing on behalf of Robertson and his family.

Robertson returned to Seminole County jail — where he was being held — to collect his belongings and be processed for release, Shibly said.

“The judge sent a strong message to the government that it cannot lock people up for preaching and teaching Islam by falsely misrepresenting possessing Islamic literature and teaching Islam as equating to sympathizing with terrorism,” Shibly said.


Back stories here. This is what CAIR defends with no qualms:

ORLANDO, Fla. — WFTV has uncovered an Orange Countyimam’s past ties to the so-called Blind Sheik, whose extremist group is blamed for the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993.

Channel 9’s Kathi Belich broke the story of Marcus Robertson’s arrest last year. On Monday, she obtained new documents in the case that detail even more disturbing information.

PDF: Read more on Marcus Robertson

Federal prosecutors said Orange County Imam Abu Taubah, aka convicted felon Marcus Robertson, has murdered people, attempted assassinations, took hostages and tried to kill police officers, all to fund attacks on U.S. soil.

So where are the charges?

Last year, months before the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, prosecutors said Robertson planned an attack on U.S. military personnel overseas.

Authorities said Robertson was bodyguard to Omar Abdel Rahman, known as the Blind Sheik. Rahman’s extremist Islamic group was blamed for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

Authorities said Robertson led a band of thieves who robbed banks and the government in the 1990s. He was even accused of giving Rahman $300,000 for a much bigger New York attack on the Washington Bridge, tunnels and government buildings.

 

Oregon: Muslim Gets 87 Months for Funding Suicide Bomber Who Killed 30

via FBI — Oregon Resident Sentenced to 87 Months in Prison in Connection with 2009 Suicide Bombing of ISI Headquarters in Pakistan.

Reaz Qadir Khan, 51, a naturalized U.S. Citizen living in Portland, Oregon, was sentenced today to 87 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Michael W. Mosman of the District of Oregon in connection with the May 27, 2009, suicide bomb attack at Pakistan’s intelligence service (ISI) headquarters in Lahore, Pakistan. The attack killed approximately 30 people and injured some 300 more.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, Acting U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams of the District of Oregon and Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing of the FBI’s Portland Division made the announcement.

Khan previously entered a guilty plea admitting that he acted as an accessory after the fact to the crime of providing material support to terrorists. In entering his plea, Khan admitted arranging for the delivery of approximately $2,450 to Maldivian Ali Jaleel, one of the suicide bombers responsible for the May 27, 2009, attack. Khan also admitted to providing advice and financial assistance to Jaleel’s wives after the bombing, while knowing that providing such assistance would hinder and prevent the apprehension of Jaleel’s wives and others who may have helped in the attack. The 87-month sentence was jointly recommended by the parties and concludes a lengthy investigation of Khan’s connection to the attack.


Deport him.

 

Detroit: Muslim doctors arrested in ‘biggest Medicare take down in FBI history’

via 16 metro Detroit doctors accused in FBI multi-million medicare fraud. h/t Dee

In a dragnet spanning from Miami to Los Angeles — the feds launch a major crackdown on medicare fraud.

Sixteen doctors from metro Detroit are included, accused of ripping off taxpayers for over $100 million.

In the federal complaint, the FBI claims that doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other licensed medical professionals are responsible.

On Thursday the door was locked at the clinic for Doctor Rizwan Qadir in Sterling Heights. The FBI says he is part of a $19 million scheme.

No one answered the door at Qadir’s home in Bloomfield Hills. Investigators say he billed Medicare for unnecessary tests and paid a recruiter to bring him patients.

He would then allegedly order unnecessary tests for those patients.

Attorney Todd Perkins is defending Dr. Mohammed Bazzi, a Dearborn pharmacist who is also being charged.

“He is charged with a series of charges that 15 other individuals are charged with a host of different medical offenses,” Perkins said. “Medicare fraud, money laundering, structuring, different charges of that nature.”

The complaint describes the biggest Medicare takedown in FBI history. The sweep charged 243 people.

Those charged will not be allowed to perform Medicare work as this case moves forward. They stand as charged but not convicted.

“In America everyone is innocent – that’s why you have bail, until proven guilty,” Perkins said.

In the Detroit cases 24 bank accounts have also been frozen for now as the investigation continues.


Last week, another criminal Muslim doctor in Michigan was deemed, “the most egregious fraudster in the history of the country.”

 

Florida: Congresswoman Donates Radical Muslim Contribution to Charity

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen & her intern

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen & her intern (June 18)

via Congresswoman Donates Radical Muslim Contribution to Charity.

by Joe Kaufman

A little over one month ago, this author asked United States Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to distance herself from an Islamic extremist she seemed warm towards and to rid herself from campaign funds she received from the extremist’s radical associate. One month ago, the funds were removed and sent off to charity. It was a laudable gesture on the part of the Congresswoman, and she should be thanked for it. However, she needs to do more.

When it comes to the issues of terrorism and Islamic extremism, U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is always one of the first people to stand up, speak out and vote the right way. When it comes to individuals and organizations which threaten America and her ally Israel, Representative Ros-Lehtinen is always there to defend what’s right. That is why it was so disturbing for this author to discover that the Congresswoman offered praise to someone and took money from someone else whom this author considers threats to the community.

On May 7, 2015, I sent an e-mail to Keith Fernandez, the Communications Director of the Congressional office of Representative Ros-Lehtinen, respectfully asking for the Congresswoman to do the following:

  1. Take back the kind words she tweeted about an Islamic extremist named Saif Ishoof;
  2. Formally drop Ishoof from her Young Leaders for Ileana Coalition;
  3. Return the money her Congressional campaign had received in 2010 from Ishoof’s radical Muslim colleague, Khurrum Wahid.

In my e-mail, I mentioned that I had asked something similar of United States Senator Barbara Boxer eight-plus years ago, and she graciously complied with my request. In December 2006, Senator Boxer’s office had presented an “Outstanding Service” award to Basim Elkarra, the director of the Sacramento, California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). After I educated Boxer’s staff about CAIR’s links to terrorism and Elkarra’s own extremism, Boxer rescinded the award. I was/am asking Ros-Lehtinen to do likewise.

Khurrum Basir Wahid is a South Florida lawyer, who has devoted a huge portion of his legal career to defending individuals who the U.S. government has charged with terrorism. His past clients include: Rafiq Sabir, who received a 25-year prison sentence for conspiring to provide material support to al-Qaeda; Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, who was given a life sentence for being part of al-Qaeda and for plotting to assassinate President George W. Bush; and Hafiz Khan, a Miami, Florida imam who shipped $50,000 to the Taliban to kill American troops overseas.

Wahid has served as a legal advisor for the national office of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and a director of CAIR’s Florida chapter. CAIR was founded, in June 1994, as part of a terrorist umbrella run by then-global leader of Hamas, Mousa Abu Marzook. In 2007 and 2008, CAIR was named by the U.S. Justice Department a co-conspirator for two federal trials dealing with the financing of millions of dollars to Hamas. Along with ISIS and al-Qaeda, CAIR was recently labeled a terrorist group by United Arab Emirates (UAE).

According to the Miami New Times, Wahid himself was placed on a federal terrorist watch list in 2011.

Today, Wahid is the co-chairman of Emerge USA. He is also one of the founders of Emerge. The group attempts to dupe politicians into attending its events by seducing them with a “Muslim vote,” but in reality, Emerge is nothing more than a front for anti-American and anti-Israel Islamists.

In September 2014, Emerge held an event at the al-Qassam Mosque (a.k.a. Islamic Community of Tampa), the mosque established by Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) leader and former client of Khurrum Wahid, Sami al-Arian. Al-Qassam is named after Izzedin al-Qassam, the individual who was the inspiration for PIJ’s founding. The event was organized by Laila Abdelaziz. In November 2012, when Israel invaded Gaza, following thousands of rockets fired by Hamas at Israeli citizens, Abdelaziz tweeted, “Don’t worry ya Gaza, we’re working hard for you in Florida.”


Read it all.

 

Detroit: Muslim Chemo Doc Called ‘Most Egregious Fraudster’ in U.S. History

via Feds Say Metro Detroit Cancer Doctor’s Victims Top 550; Call Him ‘Most Egregious Fraudster’ In U.S. History « CBS Detroit. h/t Dee

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The government says 553 patients were put through unnecessary treatments by an Oakland County cancer doctor who pleaded guilty to fraud.

It’s the first time that federal prosecutors have put a number on Dr. Farid Fata’s victims, and they’re asking for life in prison — up to a maximum 175 years.

In a sentencing memorandum filed on May 28, the U.S. Attorney’s office says Fata, “is the most egregious fraudster in the history of the country, measured not only by the millions of dollars he stole but by the harm he inflicted on his victims, over 550 identified so far.”

Fata pleaded guilty to fraud last September, admitting that many of the patients he treated didn’t need the chemotherapy he ordered.

“Rather than healing or easing the suffering of the cancer patients and other who sought his help, Fata administered thousands of unnecessary treatments — a variety of chemical infusions and injections, all with potentially harmful and even deadly side effects —to the patients who entrusted him with their care. He did it entirely for his own benefit,” prosecutors wrote in the filing. adding that Fata told “thousands upon thousands of lies” to “cajole, frighten and deceive his patients…”

Prosecutors likened Fata’s case to that of notorious Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff — who was sentenced to life up to 150 years — but said that Fata’s “extraordinarily evil” crimes were worse, due to the “scope, duration and enormity of the fraud.”

Fata has agreed that the government can prove that he was paid at least $17 million by two insurers, but prosecutors say that amount doesn’t capture the total financial value of his fraudulent claims.

Fata will return to Detroit federal court on July 6. The hearing is expected to last more than a week.

A resident of Oakland Township, Fata owned and operated Michigan Hematology Oncology Centers (MHO), which had offices in Clarkston, Bloomfield Hills, Lapeer, Sterling Heights, Troy and Oak Park.

Fata is a native of Lebanon. He remains jailed without bond.

 Related:

Michigan: Muslim doctor who prescribed unnecessary chemo, pleads guilty in $91M Medicare fraud

Survivors of two of Fata’s patients told The Detroit News they’re disappointed that that the full story won’t be told in court. Liz Lupo, whose mother died of lung cancer in 2007, and Cynthia Burt, whose sister died in 2011, think Fata’s treatments were responsible for their loved ones’ deaths.

“He’s not being charged with enough,” Lupo said. “He pled guilty to a handful of patients when there were thousands. We wanted to hear the details about how he was allowed to (do this).”

But said she’s glad Fata accepted responsibility and hopes he’ll pay for his crimes with life in prison, but she said the plea deal cheats “the patients and family members (who) are not going to get the answers they seek.”

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?

 

 

Many hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of U.S. military equip in ISIS’s hands

And more being sent their way. via U.S. Shoots Itself In the Foot By Accidentally Arming ISIS – Yahoo News.

Last weekend, the new Iraqi prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, gave Iraqi state television the first detailed accounting of those lost weapons. Some were old or barely functioning, but others were in good shape and of great value to the ISIS militants.

According to Reuters, the U.S.-made weaponry that fell into enemy hands including 2,300 Humvee armored vehicles, at least 40 M1A1 main battle tanks, 74,000 machine guns, and as many as 52 M198 howitzer mobile gun systems, plus small arms and ammunition.

Although al-Abadi and other Iraqi and U.S. officials haven’t attached a dollar sign to the lost weaponry and vehicles, a back-of-the-envelope calculation of those losses might look something like this:

  • 2,300 Humvee armored vehicles @ $70,000 per copy. Total: $161 million
  • 40 M1A1 Abram tanks @ $4.3 million per copy. Total: $172 million
  • 52 M198 Howitzer mobile gun systems @ $527,337 per copy. Total: $27.4 million
  • 74,000 Army machine guns @ $4,000 per copy. Total: $296 million

The grand total comes to $656.4 million, but experts say those losses represent just a portion of the many hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of U.S.-supplied military equipment that has fallen into ISIS’s hands and is being used against the U.S. and allied forces on the ground in Iraq and neighboring Syria.

ISIS added to its armada of captured U.S. military vehicles and tanks when Iraqi Security Forces fled the provincial capital of Ramadi late last month and left behind their equipment, according to Military.com.  A Pentagon spokesman said that some artillery pieces had been left behind, but he could not say exactly how many. He said about 100 wheeled vehicles and dozens of tracked vehicles were lost to ISIS when the last remaining Iraqi defenders abandoned the city, which is 60 miles west of Baghdad.

Add to that the many hundreds of U.S.-manufactured weapons and vehicles left behind by Iraqi troops on the battle field, and ISIS apparently doesn’t have to worry about running short on weapons and ammunition

Gordon Adams, a military expert at American University, said on Wednesday that while gauging the extent of military equipment losses to ISIS is a risky game, “There is a fair amount of evidence that ISIS is walking off with not only tons of our equipment but a fair amount of the Syrian government’s equipment as well.”

Whatever the numbers, Adams added, it’s an unusual and troubling phenomenon that “we’re helping to arm our enemy.”


And we keep sending them hundreds of millions of dollars worth of additional weapons: Iraq losing equipment to Islamic State at staggering rate

To help replenish Iraq’s motor pool, the U.S. State Department last year approved a sale to Iraq of 1,000 Humvees, along with their armor upgrades, machine guns and grenade launchers. The United States previously donated 250 Mine Resistant Armored Personnel carriers (MRAPs) to Iraq, plus unaccountable amounts of material left behind when American forces departed in 2011. The United States is currently in the process of moving to Iraq 175 M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks, 55,000 rounds of main tank-gun ammunition, $600 million in howitzers and trucks, $700 million worth of Hellfire missiles and 2,000 AT-4 rockets.

The Hellfires and AT-4′s, anti-tank weapons, are presumably going to be used to help destroy the American armor in the hands of Islamic State. The United States is also conducting air strikes to destroy weapons seized by Islamic State. It’s a surreal state of affairs in which American weaponry is being sent into Iraq to destroy American weaponry previously sent into Iraq. If a new sequel to Catch-22 were to be written, this would be the plot line.

The United States also continues to spend money on training the Iraqi military. Some 3,000 American soldiers are currently in Iraq preparing Iraqi soldiers to perhaps someday fight Islamic State; many of the Americans are conducting the training on former military bases abandoned by the United States following Gulf War 2.0. In addition, some $1.2 billion in training funds for Iraq were tucked into an omnibus spending bill that Congress passed earlier this year. This is in spite of the sad reality that from 2003 to 2011, the United States spent $25 billion training Iraqi security forces.

“Now the United States government wants to provide more military supplies to the Iraqi government to combat Islamic State. But I haven’t heard many people recognizing, let alone discussing, the potential negative unintended consequences of doing so. How do we know the weapons and supplies will be used as desired? Why should we have any confidence that supplying more military hardware to a country with a dysfunctional and ineffective government will lead to a good outcome either in Iraq or in the broader region?”


It’s almost as if Obama is intentionally arming ISIS. More via Declassified: U.S. Saw Islamic State Coming, Let It Take Ramadi

The U.S. watched Islamic State fighters, vehicles and heavy equipment gather on the outskirts of Ramadi before the group retook the city in mid-May. But the U.S. did not order airstrikes against the convoys before the battle started. It left the fighting to Iraqi troops, who ultimately abandoned their positions.

U.S. intelligence and military officials told me recently, on the condition of anonymity, that the U.S. had significant intelligence about the pending Islamic State offensive in Ramadi. For the U.S. military, it was an open secret even at the time.

 

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