Posts Tagged ‘Department of Justice’

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Money and fundamentalism: suggested reading

August 6, 2015
  • The Department of Justice considers protecting the Palestinian Authority from a civil suit verdict for the victims of terrorism… more>>
  • Lobbyists peddle influence on behalf of an alleged Hamas-financing charity from Qatar… more>>
  • Senators propose to declassify the report on Saudi sponsorship of 9/11 hijackers… more>>
  • The rebels of the Free Syrian Army have used their Western funding and support to… kidnap Westerners… more>>
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Holder stonewalls on HLF documents

June 22, 2012

Attorney General Eric Holder has once again refused to supply Congress with the same documents that were provided to the defendants in the Holy Land Foundation trial who were convicted of funding Hamas under questioning from Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) during a congressional hearing.

Yes, you read that correctly.  The “Holy Land Five” and their attorneys were given access to materials with information about their own crimes which the Justice Department will not even share with the members of Congress who represent the district where the Holy Land Foundation perpetrated its felonious terror funding operation.

Jihad Watch says that Holder “ducked” the question about whether he would provide the documents.  But that is being too charitable.  In video from the hearing (h/t Creeping Sharia), Holder says that DOJ could provide documents that are already in the public domain, which is another way of saying that they won’t provide the documents Rep. Gohmert requested.

The Department of Justice has done a terrible job policing Islamic charities since Mr. Holder and Pres. Obama came into office.  There is probably enough evidence of wrongdoing about the HLF’s co-conspirators in the case that if DOJ released the documents, it would increase the pressure from the public to prosecute HLF’s partners.

Note the passion and conviction of Rep. Gohmert, and the pompous indifference of Mr. Holder to the seriousness of the request:

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Second “Muhammad” woman pleads guilty to filing fraudulent tax returns

August 10, 2011

Two tax preparers have pleaded guilty within the past 40 days to filing false tax returns.  The schemes of both women involved trickery to obtain the earned income tax credit for their clients.

First we had Sonya Muhammad of Calhoun, Louisiana.  From a Department of Justice press release:

TAX PREPARER  PLEADS GUILTY TO FILING FALSE CLAIMS FOR TAX REFUNDS

SHREVEPORT, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A.  Finley announced today that Sonya L. Muhammad, 32, of Calhoun, La., pleaded guilty to filing false claims for federal income tax refunds. Muhammad was indicted by a federal grand jury in December 2010 on 31 counts of aiding and assisting in making false returns and 1 count of structuring. In May 2011, a superceding indictment was returned adding six more counts of filing false returns.

Muhammad owns and operates a tax return preparation business in West Monroe. At the change of plea hearing yesterday, Muhammad admitted to preparing and filing tax returns at her business knowing that the returns  contained material false claims. Between 2003 and 2007, she prepared and filed at least 31 tax returns that were materially false with regard to items such as dependants and wages in a scheme to inflate the Earned Income Tax Credit that the taxpayer would receive from the IRS. In 2011, while out on bond for these offenses, Muhammad filed six more materially false tax returns. Due to this conduct, Muhammad’s bond was revoked.

Muhammad pleaded guilty to two counts of aiding and assisting in making a false return. She faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison or a fine of $250,000, or both, for each count. She will be sentenced by U. S. District Judge James on October 3, 2011.

Next up we have Jennifer Marie Muhammad of Springfield, Illinois.  From the State Journal-Register on Aug. 3:

Springfield woman pleads guilty in tax fraud  scheme

A Springfield woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to participating in a fraud scheme that claimed more than $1 million in false tax refunds over a three-year period.

Jennifer Marie Muhammad, also known as Jennifer Powers, 42, waived indictment and Tuesday pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit fraud and aiding and assisting in the preparation of false and fraudulent tax returns.

During court proceedings and in court documents, Muhammad admitted that in 2005 she became involved in the conspiracy with her now-deceased stepfather. She admitted that she recruited individuals whose name and social security number were used to prepare 5 to 10 tax returns which falsely claimed earned income credit.

Generally, the earned income credit is available to low-income wage-earning or self-employed taxpayers to reduce the amount of tax due. However, if the amount of the credit exceeded the tax due, the taxpayer received the excess as a refund.

According to U.S. District Court documents, approximately 435 returns were filed and more than $800,000 in refunds were issued by the Internal Revenue Service between March 2005 and April 2008 as a result of the scheme.

Sentencing for Muhammad is scheduled for Dec. 5 before U.S. District Judge Richard Mills. The statutory penalty for conspiracy to commit fraud is up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000; for aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns, the penalty is up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

The defendant may also be ordered to pay restitution.

The guilty pleas follow the June sentencing of Baltimore man Tyrone Robert Campbell, also known as “Mr. Muhammad,”and “Muhammad Shahid,” to five years in federal prison for filing 600 fraudulent tax returns and commiting aggravated identity theft.

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DOJ source implicates Islamic Relief

April 17, 2011

A high-ranking U.S. Department of Justice official has disclosed that money for Hamas “is going through groups like Islamic Relief.”  Islamic Relief USA is the largest Muslim charity in America, and enjoys a four-star charity rating from Charity Navigator… for the time being.

This news comes from a recent Pajamas Media exclusive by Patrick Poole (with much thanks to Shariah Finance Watch for circulating) about the Department of Justice’s decision to squash its investigation into terrorist financing by CAIR and related organizations due to political reasons. There’s a lot to digest in the article, and Money Jihad readers should peruse the whole scandalous thing, but today I’d like to drill down into one angle of the story.

Specifically, the Department of Justice official that served as the source for the article said:

We know that these Muslim leaders and groups are continuing to raise money for Hamas and other terrorist organizations. Ten years ago we shut down the Holy Land Foundation. It was the right thing to do. Then the money started going to KindHearts. We shut them down too. Now the money is going through groups like Islamic Relief and Viva Palestina.

We all know about the Holy Land Foundation, which was the largest Islamic charity in America before it was shut down for financing Hamas.  Readers will also recall KindHearts, the new bottle for HLF’s old wine, that the ACLU still goes to great lengths to defend.

We knew about Viva Palestina too, the relatively new but already infamous “charity.”

But Islamic Relief?  Although the name “Islamic Relief” could be applied to several organizations, it is unlikely that the official is referring to the Saudi-backed International Islamic Relief Organization, because that is normally just called IIRO.  (Besides, IIRO prefers funding Al Qaeda, not Hamas…)

The source could conceivably be referring to Islamic Relief Worldwide, a U.K.-based umbrella group which Money Jihad has reported to have colluded with Union of Good (pro-Hamas) charities before. 

But most likely, the DOJ source is referring to Islamic Relief USA, and that is because most U.S. Muslims are giving directly to Islamic Relief USA, not directly to Worldwide Islamic Relief or Islamic Relief UK (although they’re all related).  If true, it is newsbreaking that a high-ranking Justice official has “outed” Islamic Relief USA for the first time.

Even if the source is referring to Islamic Relief Worldwide, that is the first time a U.S. official has made such defamatory comments.

Since the Holy Land Foundation closed, Islamic Relief USA has been the largest Muslim charity and zakat collector in America.  (See our review of Islamic Relief USA’s finances here.)  If officials in the Justice Department are aware of Islamic Relief funds being funneled to Hamas, they have an obligation to move forward with an investigation and prosecution.

Too much money is involved to ignore this seemingly casual reference to Islamic Relief becoming the new channel for filling the coffers of Hamas.

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More fines for stripping

August 16, 2010

MoneyLaundering.com has revealed that Barclays will probably be fined by the U.S. Department of Justice for removing data (or “stripping” in AML industry jargon) from financial transactions with Iran. We’ve seen this already with Lloyds, Credit Suisse, and RBS. The banks stripped the data to cover the source or destination of wire transfers involving Iranian customers in violation of U.S. sanctions laws.

The banks helped Iran, now they’re helping fill DOJ’s coffers. Revenues from all these fines are likely to exceed $2 billion.

Bank Status Amount fined
Lloyds Settled $350 million
Credit Suisse Settled $536 million
RBS Settled $500 million
Barclays In progress Probably $300 million
Banca Intesa Sanpaolo Pending N/A
Deutsche Bank Pending N/A
HSBC Pending N/A
  TOTAL $1.7 billion & counting