No hard time for tax-dodging jihad donorJune 8, 2012
A Muslim who lied about the purpose of his Massachusetts-based terror financing organization to obtain tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service has been spared by a federal judge from a prison sentence or even a deportation hearing. Although Emadeddin Muntasser’s conviction on a charge of defrauding the U.S. government was upheld by the First Circuit Court of Appeals last year, the trial court judge has let Muntasser off with a light sentence of six months under house arrest.
Federal prosecutors sought a five year sentence. Muntasser has served only five months in jail for his crimes, and will face no additional prison time. This is a man who published a “bloodcurdling” jihadist newsletter throughout the 1990s. He bundled zakat donations from like-minded hate-filled Muslim residents of the United States, who scrolled “Bosnia mujahideen,” “Jihad Bosnia,” and “mujahideen Bosnia, 9th Battalion” upon the memo lines of the checks they wrote to Muntasser’s organization!
Naturally, the publication of the newsletter or the financial support for jihad abroad were never disclosed in tax filings by Muntasser and his “Care International” organization (or its predecessor organization, al-Kifah).
Once again, we have lost a golden opportunity to demonstrate zero tolerance for Muslims living in the West who fraudulently obtain tax-exempt status for the express purpose of increasing the amount of zakat they can divert toward jihad against non-Muslims overseas.
Oh, and by the way, Muntasser has apparently been able to build a furniture company with 50 employees despite the legal proceedings against him. Muntasser is Libyan, but the furniture angle does jog our memory about a report from the NYPD that said “Hamas supporters/members have been identified among a NYC group of Palestinian nationals who originate from a small town in Palestine, Ein-Yabroud, and a Hamas stronghold. Many others from there now reside in the US (NYC, Chicago, NJ, Georgia, and Puerto Rico) owning and operating their furniture and carpet stores, generating funds that are allegedly funneled to Hamas.”
Not to suggest that Muntasser’s furniture profits are funding jihad. No, that would be quite unfair. Especially considering how honest Muntasser has always been about his work and his intentions.