In Michigan, authorities are preparing to prosecute a Lebanese doctor who is believed to have mooched $35 million in just two years by engaging in Medicare fraud. His flight risk is judged to be so high that bond was removed altogether.
Cancer specialist Dr. Farid Fata (pictured below) is accused of misdiagnosing patients and using unnecessary treatments so he could enrich himself through Medicare. Prosecutors claim that healthy persons were given dangerous drugs that they didn’t require, thereby endangering them. Some relatives believe Fata killed their loved ones with his unneeded and excessive treatments.
A Michigan oncologist charged with intentionally misdiagnosing patients with cancer as part of a major Medicare fraud operation will remain in prison until trial, with court officials scared he will flee to the Middle East.
Dr Farid Fata – who is accused of ordering unnecessary treatments for his patients, such as chemotherapy, to enrich himself through insurance programs – made an application in the federal court to have his bond reduced from $9 million to $500,000 so he could leave prison, where he has been held since August 6.
However the move backfired for the 45-year-old, who works out of metropolitan Detroit, with a judge today removing Fata’s bond completely, based on the ‘serious risk’ he would leave America for his native country, Lebanon, if given the chance.
The prosecution successfully claimed that not all of Fata’s considerable assets had been seized since his arrest and that he could fund a trip overseas for himself and his wife.
‘We can’t be sure how much money he has out there,’ prosecutor Catherine Dick said.
It is alleged Fata received about $35 million from Medicare via his insurance scam over a two year period.
“Obviously there is a presumption of innocence … but the court feels there is a serious risk of flight,’ U.S. District Judge, Paul Borman, said. Continue reading this article
The concerned citizen has to watch closely for terror trials occurring in America because they often get minimal news coverage, just small notices on the day of conviction and sentencing if that. It’s easy to miss the pattern that there are a number of Muslims, usually immigrants, who plot to kill Americans here or aid our enemies abroad.
Today’s terror trial has an interesting backstory of multiple diversity: convicted perp Sabirhan Hasanoff was born in China of Uzbek parents who moved to Australia when he was a baby, later relocating in Brooklyn. After years of a successful career as an accountant, he decided that the Islam in his life needed to be ramped up to a more extreme expression by helping provide al Qaeda with money and equipment.
Another curious feature is how he was guilt-tripped into jihad by recruiters like the late Anwar al-Awlaki who convinced Hasanoff that it was wrong to live in infidel luxury when Muslims were suffering somewhere in the world.
Below, a courtroom sketch of Sabirhan Hasanoff with Judge Kimba Wood. (Remember Kimba Wood? In 1993, she was forced to withdraw from an appointment by President Bill Clinton to be Attorney General because she had hired an illegal alien nanny.)
ON the surface it seemed like Adelaide-raised Sabirhan Hasanoff had it all – an US college education, a rewarding career family, travel and money.
Yesterday in Manhattan Federal Court he was sentenced to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty last year to supporting al-Qaeda with cash and supplies .
Prosecutors said Hasanoff, 37, provided extensive support to al-Qaeda from 2007 to 2010, even purchasing an advanced remote control for explosives attacks and reporting information about the New York Stock Exchange. They said he also made regular cash donations to people he thought were affiliated with al-Qaeda.
US District Judge Kimba Wood said the “most important factor” in deciding Hasanoff’s sentence was the need to deter others from similar conduct.
In a letter to the judge, Hasanoff expressed regret for abandoning his life in America, where he lived in Brooklyn with his wife and three children after graduating from Baruch College in Manhattan and obtaining a job as a senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
He was working as the chief financial officer for a large company based in Dubai when he was arrested in 2010 and brought to the US to face charges. “I made a good living and my family and I enjoyed a very comfortable lifestyle,” he wrote. “And then, for reasons that I still have trouble confronting, I threw that all away.”
Inspired by radical clerics, he said his desire to strengthen his Muslim faith and fight atrocities against Muslims were mixed with guilt about a life lived in comfort. Continue reading this article
In recent days, Washington has looked pretty busy with Congress persons chattering excitedly about whether to pass a CR, shut the government or whatever deal they can squeeze through the sausage machine.
But that doesn’t mean there isn’t time to tuck in a little amnesty for 30 million foreign lawbreakers during Congress’ spare moments.
Unfortunately, the powerful chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Bob Goodlatte, favors legalization, the big reward that all illegals crave (unlike citizenship, desired only by raza types and Democrats to gain political clout).
Legalization IS Amnesty
because it provides nearly instant access to all American jobs, and employment is the reason illegals come here in the first place.
Senator Jeff Sessions observed how amnesty would advantage illegal aliens: “They’ll be able to immediately apply for much better jobs than they currently have. Maybe they were working at a restaurant part time. Now they’re going to be truck drivers, heavy-equipment operators competing at the factories and plants and we’ve got an unemployment rate that’s very high.”
Amnesty means job displacement for Americans by cheaper foreigners who are already used to working for less. But Republicans like Goodlatte (Phone: 202-225-5431) and Cantor (Phone: 202-225-4000) have concerns other than American unemployment during a five-year jobless “recovery.”
Immigration overhaul legislation has been dormant in the House for months, but a few Republicans are working behind the scenes to advance it at a time the Capitol is immersed in a partisan brawl over government spending and President Barack Obama’s health care law.
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, has been discussing possible legal status for the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. He’s also been working with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a fellow Virginia Republican, on a bill offering citizenship to immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children.
Reps. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, and Ted Poe, R-Texas, are working on a plan to create a visa program allowing more lower-skilled workers into the country.
Goodlatte and the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, hold out hopes for floor action by late October on a series of immigration bills that already have passed their committees.
“I would think that would be the next agenda item in the queue after we’re done with this mess,” McCaul said this past week, referring to bitter divisions over the health law, the level of government spending and the growing federal debt.
The attention of House GOP leaders seems certain to remain squarely focused on the fiscal disputes until they are resolved, leaving immigration on a back burner for some time to come. But lawmakers and outside advocates insist that three months after the Democratic-led Senate passed a sweeping immigration bill, the issue is showing signs of life in the Republican-run House.
“Despite the appearance that would suggest everyone in Washington is focused on one thing, work is going on on other issues beneath the radar,” said Tamar Jacoby, head of ImmigrationWorks USA, a coalition of small businesses that supports comprehensive immigration legislation.
It’s interesting the topics the media considers “far right” which are actually quite mainstream. In the video report below from RT (Russian TV), political scientist Sylvia Kritzinger of the University of Vienna remarks, “A lot of people from the working class, blue-collar workers, less educated people are voting for the extreme right or the radical right because of the policies they put forward, like immigration, anti-European integration, corruption against the political system as such.”
The difference happens when elite opinion differs from that of average folks; then the powerful use their media to disparage the beliefs of the little citizens by using insulting words like “xenophobe” to shut down the public debate.
Elites like open borders and economic globalization schemes — which are opposite sides of the same coin — because the rich get richer when the citizen control of government is whittled away. And one thing the voters want is for their immigration laws and national sovereignty to be enforced, yet governments are strangely reluctant to enforce such basics.
Over in France, Muslim immigrants have been a disastrous addition to society, and have caused disturbances from weeks-long periods of “civil unrest” to burqa riots. But perpetually cranky Islamists are not the only diversity problem facing the French, who were recently polled as disapproving of the gypsies, er Roma who reside there.
A new poll published on Saturday finds a whopping 77 percent of French people agreeing with a recent statement by Socialist Interior Minister Manuel Valls, who said that Roma immigrants are inherently “different” and “will have to return to Bulgaria and Romania” . [. . .]
Below, police ejected Roma squatters from Villeneuve-d’Ascq in northern France last year.
Pro-diversity sentiments will probably suffer a setback due to a current trial that shines a light on Roma cultural practices, which are objectionable and illegal. Roma apparently value skills in thievery — who knew?
Three Croatian Roma families traded women on the strength of their stealing skills and used children like conscripts to a criminal army, a French court was told Monday.
A total of 27 people aged between 19 and 55 are charged by the court in Nancy, eastern France, with offences ranging from criminal association to people trafficking in a trial taking place against the background of a highly charged debate over the treatment of Roma migrants from eastern Europe.
Gilles Weintz, the police officer who took charge of a complex probe into the families’ activities, said they were behind more than 100 robberies carried out in 2011 alone, in France and neighbouring parts of Belgium and Germany.
We don’t see many instances of efforts toward justice coming from Mexico when the victims are American, so sightings are welcome and deserve commendation.
In 2003, 21-year-old Christina Applegate (pictured) was struck by a drunk-driving illegal alien Mexican in Franklin Township New Jersey. Newly married at the time, Christina has been in a coma ever since and lives on a feeding tube and ventilator under the care of her father.
Juan Luis Bautista, the drunk-driving illegal, was arrested, posted bail and escaped to Mexico — apparently local authorities didn’t think he was a flight risk. He was rearrested there in 2010, thanks in part to the diligence of county police who fed information to Mexican officers about Bautista’s background.
In 2011, Bautista was sentenced to 2 ½ years in a Mexican prison for the injury to Applegate, four years for use of a fraudulent driver’s license and a fine of around $600. More recently federal prosecutors decided that the punishment was insufficient for the permanent injuries caused, and added three more years to the sentence.
Of course, less than ten years for the complete destruction of a life is hardly adequate, but any increase in punishment is a move in the right direction. Bautista is not a particular threat to Mexicans so you have to conclude the the prosecutors’ act was one of decency.
This case is a pleasant change from the meddling of the Mexican government to protect its criminal exports: the murders of two Texas girls comes to mind. Jennifer Ertman, 14, and Elizabeth Pena, 16, were brutally raped and murdered in a 1993 gang initiation, after which the Mexicans went to great lengths to stop their guy Jose Medellin from being executed.
Bur we should never forget the preventable crimes allowed by Washington’s open borders. Christina Applegate got a life sentence of existing in a vegetative state.
FRANKLIN — A Bridgeton man convicted in a 2003 alcohol-fueled car crash that put a Franklin Township woman in a decade-long coma will spend more time in a Mexican jail for the offense.
The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office said 32-year-old Juan Luis Bautista will serve an additional three years on top of the 6 ½ he was sentenced to in 2011.
The additional prison time was added after an appeal was filed by Mexican federal prosecutors.
Bautista fled to Mexico after he was charged with first-degree vehicular injuries in 2003. The television show “America’s Most Wanted” filmed a segment on the case in 2004. He was picked up there in 2010.
Applegate, then 22, sustained severe head injuries in the September 2003 crash. She was married and living in Franklin Township at the time. Applegate remains in a coma and is now in the care of her father in another state, authorities said. Continue reading this article
Over at the New York Times, sensitive scribblers are concerned that Somali immigrants may have been part of the jihad team that mass murdered over 60 shoppers at a Nairobi mall last week, and US-residers fear a backlash. The immigrants worry that Americans will utilize pattern recognition to surmise that Islam is a religion of murder (as instructed by their holy book), not peace, as the propaganda insists.
The flagship newspaper of liberalism is once again defending the failed ideology of multiculturalism rather than telling the truth about the danger posed to this country by the immigration of foreigners with a hostile belief system. Why would any sane nation welcome potential enemies? Democrat President Franklin Roosevelt didn’t hold cultural celebrations with Germans and Japanese during WWII, but Obama (and his predecessor Bush) have held Ramadan dinners at the White House.
Moreover, the author characterizes violence as being a norm throughout Somali society. Physical force is used to enforce conformity in the family, at school, and in society generally. “Violence as you will have guessed by now, was an integral part of my upbringing,” she observed and said that was “typical.” There is a chapter titled “Violence and the Closing of the Muslim Mind,” which is an eye-opener even for those deeply critical of Somali culture. Near the end of that chapter she reflected, “Islam is not just a belief; it is a way of life, a violent way of life. Islam is imbued with violence, and it encourages violence.”
So is Somali diversity the sort Americans want to accept?
MINNEAPOLIS — As American law enforcement agents pored over evidence collected from the deadly siege at a Nairobi shopping mall to learn, in part, whether those responsible had any ties to the United States, people of Somali descent here braced for what they fear could result in a new wave of stigmatization and scrutiny.
“Everyone is scared,” said Ahmed Hirsi, who helps lead a youth group in the Twin Cities, the heart of the nation’s largest Somali-American population. “The community is holding its breath — all over again.”
In an investigation that has unfolded since 2007, federal authorities concluded that more than 20 young men from Minnesota left for Somalia to join the Shabab, a Somali Islamist group that has been deemed a terrorist organization and linked to suicide bombings.
Now the Shabab have claimed responsibility for the attack that killed more than 60 people in the Westgate mall in Nairobi. A Kenyan official suggested on Monday that some of the attackers may have been from Minnesota, though American officials say they have not determined whether there is any link.
“If this sort of recruitment has somehow happened again, it takes us way back,” Mr. Hirsi said, adding that most in the community were vehemently opposed to the Shabab, revolted by the attack in Nairobi and appalled at the suggestion of a Minnesota connection. Continue reading this article
Media interest in the mess following the catastrophic Colorado floods has dribbled off to near zero, but the Associated Press is concerned that illegal aliens are suffering unduly because of insufficient benefits coming from the government. The AP story includes lots of yucko pictures of trailers turned to soggy messes.
The story notes how the foreigners have received private donations of “amazing” generosity. But the illegals feel entitled just because they live there: this is America and they want maximum free stuff.
One illegal person says, “We were flooded like everyone else. We suffered the same damage. “We pay taxes, we work here. We’re not getting something for free.”
So pony up, citizen taxpayers. Lawbreaking foreigners want more free stuff. They could relocate to Mexico where business is booming, but that would be too much trouble apparently.
EVANS, Colo. (AP) — Immigrants living in the U.S. illegally returned to their mobile home parks in flood-ravaged Colorado to find that there was little left to salvage — not the water-damaged cars, not the old family pictures and not the sheds carried away by the rushing waters.
The destruction, however, was only the beginning of what’s been a nightmarish two weeks. They didn’t have flood insurance. And because they are not citizens or legal residents — and don’t have family members who are — they won’t get the federal government’s help.
“They say that faith and hope die last,” said Juan Partida, 40, a dairy worker who along with his wife Mari, who is pregnant, do not qualify for federal emergency aid because they are in the country illegally. “We need to have faith and hope that we’ll get help.”
How quickly they can rebuild their lives, relying largely on local government and nonprofit organizations, will have long-term ramifications on the Weld County industries that depend on their labor, from meatpacking plants and farms to construction and hotels.
“They’re out of their homes, and a lot of them have lost their vehicles in this, they’re impacted. So the economy is going to be impacted,” said Lyle Achziger, mayor of Evans, a city on the northern plains whose population of 19,500 is 43 percent Latino.
Achziger said officials responding to the disaster have been learning about the immigrants’ importance to the region’s economy. He said the city hopes to get people help by getting them to register with the city, county and other volunteer aid organizations.
“We have told them that immigration status is not our focus. And I will repeat that again, that is not our focus. Our focus is getting people out of the cold, getting a roof over their head and getting them a warm meal,” he said. Continue reading this article
National security is supposed to be job #1 for the federal government, yet it continues to admit persons from hostile societies as immigrants. Why?
If a trip to the local mall soon requires a walk through a metal detector and a wanding, you can thank Washington’s crazy-diverse immigration policies for the worsening restrictions.
The Bloomberg article below doesn’t mention the local Somali threat, and neither did the Fox report, although the AP mentioned Minnesota Africans in a disconnected sort of way, observing, “Minnesota is home to the largest Somali community in the U.S.”
Mall of America, the largest U.S. shopping center and entertainment complex, said it’s increasing security after Islamist militants attacked a Kenyan mall, killing at least 67 civilians.
The suburban Minneapolis mall, owned by real estate development and finance company Triple Five Group of Edmonton, Alberta, is monitoring the news from Nairobi and working with law-enforcement agencies, the center’s management said today in an e-mailed statement. The Bloomington, Minnesota, property, which opened in 1992, has more than 520 stores, an indoor amusement park, an aquarium and a movie theater.
“Mall of America has implemented extra security precautions,” according to the statement. “Some may be noticeable to guests, and others won’t be. We will continue to follow the situation, along with law enforcement, and will remain vigilant as we always do in similar situations.”
U.S. mall owners face the challenge of protecting sprawling properties filled with hundreds of people without disrupting business. After an attack such as the one in Nairobi, the companies may ask local police for patrol cars at their properties or bring in additional security officers, said Malachy Kavanagh, a spokesman for the International Council of Shopping Centers, a New York-based trade group.
The death toll from the four-day assault is the worst since al-Qaeda bombed the U.S. Embassy in downtown Nairobi in August 1998, killing 213 people. Three floors in the building collapsed during the attack, leaving an unknown number of bodies buried beneath the rubble, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said yesterday. Continue reading this article
He was clearly a hostile character who should have been deported after two arrests and 8 months in jail for aggravated harassment which occurred before the bombing. Furthermore, Aldosary was denied citizenship “pursuant to terrorism related grounds of inadmissability.”
This is one strange Iraqi, and the dinky gun possession trial did nothing to enlighten the public further about him. Why did the government bother with a firearms trial when a terror conviction could easily put him away for life, not to mention the apparently non-terror murder?
Whatever the curious background of this case, the fact remains that yet another Muslim foreigner has committed criminal and terrorist actions endangering the public, and our legal system has to sort out the mess.
PHOENIX (AP) — An Iraqi man charged in state court with detonating a homemade explosive device outside an Arizona Social Security building is set for sentencing in December after a jury found him guilty on three federal counts of being a felon in possession of guns and ammunition.
Abdullatif Ali Aldosary had pleaded not guilty in the federal case after authorities said they found guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition hidden in his attic and behind dresser drawers.
Opening statements began Wednesday. The jury reached a verdict Friday after about an hour of deliberations.
Sentencing is set for Dec. 9. Aldosary faces up to 10 years in prison for each of the three counts.
Prosecutors explained that Aldosary had a previous felony conviction and therefore wasn’t allowed to own firearms or ammunition.
Aldosary’s attorney told jurors to be skeptical of the government’s case, and not to believe that just because the weapons were found inside his home that he knew they were there.
Separately, Aldosary faces multiple state counts, including 14 attempted first-degree murder charges, arson and use of explosives. Authorities say he detonated a homemade explosive device on Nov. 30 outside a Social Security Administration building in Casa Grande. No one was injured in the blast. Prosecutors said the attempted murder charges stem from 14 employees who were inside the building at the time of the explosion. Continue reading this article
California Democrats think they know better than anyone else, in particular concerning immigration enforcement, which they don’t like very much at all.
Liberal arrogance is on full display in the state capital where the snotty D-legislators regard traditional concepts like public safety with disdain. Or at least the Dems don’t think that everyone deserves the same level of legal protection: approved victim groups like illegal aliens are thought deserving of special treatment because of their alleged mistreatment by nasty corporations and old-fashioned citizens who still insist upon national sovereignty.
The latest California affront to law and borders is the so-called TRUST Act (aka AB 4) which disallows the Secure Communities federal-state enforcement partnership.
As is pointed out by several knowledgeable persons in the video report below, the TRUST Act (which is awaiting Jerry Brown’s signature) violates federal law, specifically:
Notwithstanding any other provision of Federal, State, or local law, a Federal, State, or local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.
Police in California would be prohibited from helping deport some illegal immigrants under a bill being considered by Gov. Jerry Brown, in a proposed change some say would violate federal law.
The so-called Trust Act would bar police from cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers on a variety of cases. Proponents say the bill is narrowly focused and only applies to those illegal immigrants arrested for minor crimes.
Prosecutors and sheriffs disagree.
“If you or I were victimized by someone stealing our identity, selling drugs in our community, burglarizing our home or embezzling our money, that’s okay? That’s a minor crime under this bill,” complained Marin County Sheriff Robert Doyle. “If this law passes, we will not be able to put holds on people who have previously been deported. So someone could be deported one, two, three, four — 10 times and that would not be cause for us to put a hold on them.”
The California District Attorneys Association and the California Sheriffs’ Association oppose the law, in part because it also conflicts with federal statutes.
“It makes no sense and is unconstitutional,” said former ICE Director Julie Myers Wood. “The federal government has sole authority to enforce immigration law. In this instance California is telling the feds what you can and cannot do.” Continue reading this article
Closer to home, terror expert Erick Stakelbeck discussed al Shabaab, pointing out the large number of hostile Somalis who reside in Minneapolis, which is not far from the Mall of America, the largest shopping center in the country.
In Nairobi, the pile of bodies (all non-Muslims by design of the killers) is still being sorted out, but local Muslims are worried only about how the jihadist murder of more than 60 innocents will affect the Somalis.
Hopefully the Kenyan authorities will use the attack to at least do some roundups and deport the illegal aliens and Shabaabers.
In the shabby “Little Mogadishu” quarter of Kenya’s capital, Somalis feared the militant attack on a Nairobi shopping mall could trigger a violent backlash against them.
Islamist group al Shabaab said it carried out the raid on the Westgate center, that killed at least 59 people, in revenge for Kenya’s military campaign against its fighters in Somalia.
In the congested Eastleigh neighborhood, memories were still fresh of the mobs who targeted homes and shops in November after a suspected al Shabaab attack on a minibus killed nine.
“A mob of youths can … attack us like last time,” said Mohamed Warsame, sitting next to a stall selling “khat” leaves, which are chewed as a stimulant across the Horn of Africa.
The elderly man said he expected the police would at least mount more raids to round up illegal immigrants and suspected militants.
Groups of Somali men talked in hushed tones and at one electronics shop, the owner changed channel to switch from the live coverage of the mall assault drama to a tennis match.
“I don’t think those people who attacked the mall are true Muslims. Islam does not support killing of the innocent. Anyone who kills an innocent person has killed humanity,” said a woman in her 40s who would only gave her first name, Zuleka.
She said she had lived in Kenya for more than a decade, one of thousands of ethnic Somalis who have fled years of war and turmoil to seek a better life in east Africa’s biggest economy. Continue reading this article
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