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No hard time for tax-dodging jihad donor

June 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.

Incidently, Care International was closely tied to the Global Relief Foundation, the “charity” behind the 1998 East Africa embassy bombings.

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.

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Funding jihad is not a tax-exempt activity

October 26, 2011

IRS Form 990, question 76:  does your charity engage in any other activities?  One Islamic charity’s answer:  does funding jihad count?

The First Circuit has reinstated the convictions of the three jihadists who ran the Massachusetts-based Care International, who argued that the IRS’s tax form for nonprofits, Form 990, is too vague.  Money Jihad has looked at a lot of 990s.  Overall, the wording on the tax form is pretty direct.  There may be some legal grounds to question whether the IRS is specific enough on certain concepts, but excluding the publication of your jihadist magazine from your list of activities raises a red flag (or the green flag of Islam or the black flag of jihad as the case may be).

Peter J. Reilly makes some great points in this piece from Forbes last month:

I both love and hate Form 990.  I hate it because it is a real pain to prepare and review.  I have to deal with it both for clients and also in my capacity as a volunteer.  One of the downsides of being a CPA is that when you want to help a not for profit, they usually rope you into being the treasurer or chairing the finance committee. I love 990’s for the information they provide about not-for-profits.  Most not for profits, except churches, are required to file them and they are public records… Whenever I write about a case that in any way involves a not-for-profit, I will look at its 990 and I find it often adds an interesting dimension as in this  donated to .  Useful as 990’s are, I would not have thought there was a role for them in the War on Terror.  Silly me.  The First Circuit’s decision in  has set me straight.

The case was an appeal of criminal convictions of Emadeddin Muntasser, Muhamed Mubayyid, and Samir Al-Mon.  The government was also appealing the District Court’s overturning of the jury verdict on some of the counts.  The case is largely about Form 990 with a particular emphasis on Question 76.  Question 76 asked if the organization has engaged in any activities not previously reported to the IRS.  Like supporting jihad for example.  That is not generally thought to be a valid exempt purpose.

The defendants’ twenty-four day jury trial focused on the circumstances motivating Muntasser’s formation of Care in 1993; the defendants’ failure to disclose some of Care’s activities, such as the publication of certain newsletters from 1993 to 1997; and Care’s support for, and promotion of, Islamic jihad and fighters known as “mujahideen.”  The government’s central theory at trial was that Muntasser had established Care in order to fraudulently obtain a tax exemption, so that contributions being used to finance mujahideen overseas could be deducted from individual tax returns as charitable donations.

Care was the successor to the Boston branch of  an organization called Al-Kifah –

Among its activities, Al-Kifah’s Boston branch published a pro-jihad newsletter entitled “Al-Hussam,” which translates from Arabic as “The Sword”; it sold books and audiotapes extolling the cause of jihad; and it promoted sermons and lectures by like-minded Muslim leaders. It also solicited substantial charitable donations through the publication of an annual Zakat Calculation Guide. 4 Although the organization advertised itself as a tax-exempt charity, it had never been granted charitable status by the IRS.

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