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    Phony terror victims collect charity 11 Israelis suspected of parading as terror victims to extort donations. Up to NIS 5,000 already paid to each one. Tal
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      Phony terror victims collect charity

      11 Israelis suspected of parading as terror victims to extort
      donations. Up to
      NIS 5,000 already paid to each one.

      Tal Yamin-Volvovich - Maariv International - Feb 3, 2004

      http://maarivintl.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=article&articleID=2265

      Jerusalem police suspect eleven Israelis have committed fraud by
      posing as
      victims of terror attacks in order to receive donations from a
      charitable
      Christian organization.

      The investigation was kicked off by a tip about a few Israelis
      turning to the
      "Christian Lovers of Israel" charity in Jerusalem and claiming to
      have been
      injured in terror attacks. They were wrapped in bandages and some
      were even in
      wheelchairs.

      Each was handed a sum of money between NIS 1,000-NIS 5000. The
      investigation
      revealed that most of the money was handed over to one of the
      suspects, a
      22-year-old who is the ringleader of the sting.

      Hidden cameras in the offices of the charity were set up just a few
      days ago.
      Soon after, a 21-year-old man wrapped in bandages came into the
      office. He
      claimed he was injured in last Thursday's attack on bus 19 in
      Jerusalem. In
      cooperation with the police, funds were transferred to the man, who
      removed his
      bandages the minute he left the building.

      The police arrested two other young men in Jerusalem and brought them
      in for
      questioning. The police report that the investigation is in full
      swing and they
      are expecting additional arrests in the near future.

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      US MAN'S VENDETTA LED TO TERROR HOAX CALLS - FBI
      Reuters, 1/13/04
      http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?
      type=domesticNews&storyID=4120811

      CHICAGO - A man with a grudge called authorities to falsely accuse
      relatives of being al Qaeda members and planning attacks on Chicago
      landmarks, the FBI said on Tuesday.

      Abdul Rauf Noormohamed, a U.S. citizen born in India, was charged
      with making false statements to the government in anonymous telephone
      calls the FBI says were motivated by a family dispute. He faces up to
      five years in prison.

      Noormohamed, 59, was released on $100,000 bond on Tuesday following
      his arrest on Monday at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport as he
      was preparing to fly to Egypt.

      Investigators do not know the nature of the family argument or why
      the Chicago resident was traveling to Egypt, an FBI spokesman said.

      The anonymous caller warned that bombs were being assembled to blow
      up landmarks including the Sears Tower and O'Hare, the FBI said.

      The calls began four weeks ago and prompted officials to waste hours
      looking into whether the family members belonged to Osama bin Laden's
      extremist group, the agency said. He also accused some of his
      relatives of belonging to Islamic Jihad...

      ALSO SEE:

      MEN ALLEGEDLY USE ONSTAR TO PHONE IN BOMB THREAT
      Threat Evacuates Detroit Institute of Arts
      NBC 17, 1/14/04
      http://www.nbc17.com/news/2760305/detail.html

      Two local men could face prison time after they allegedly phoned in a
      bomb threat to the Detroit Institute of Arts late Friday morning.

      Thomas King, 20, and Jason German, 26, apparently used the OnStar
      service on a vehicle they were repairing to phone in the threat,
      according to police.

      Police say German talked King into making the call from a car at the
      auto auction shop where they work.

      When an advisor answered, King reportedly disguised his voice in what
      investigators say was an Arabic-like accent.

      King then said he was a terrorist and that there was a bomb en route
      to the DIA, according to police.

      Detroit police were eventually notified and the Art Institute was
      evacuated, according to local television reports.

      Police say the OnStar call was eventually tracked to the repair shop
      and King and German were arrested

      A reported $100,000 in resources was wasted to react to the threat.

      German and King were arraigned Monday on charges of threatening to
      commit an act of terrorism.

      A judge set the bond for the men at $10,000 each.

      If convicted, both could spend up to 20 years in prison.

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      MUSLIM MAN CLAIMS FEDERAL OFFICIALS WANTED HIM TO INFILTRATE ISLAMIC
      CENTER
      Megan Lynch, KMOX News, 1/14/04
      http://www.kmox.com/news/article.php?id=12015

      The U.S. Attorney's Office Wednesday dismissed weapons charges
      against a St. Louis man who claimed he was set up by police so
      federal officials would have an informant in the Islamic community.

      Last fall, Abu Bakr Ladd was arrested as a felon in possession of a
      firearm when a police raid turned up a pistol and two .22 rifles
      inside his North St. Louis home. But Ladd, who said he was only
      trying to protect his family in one of the city's toughest
      neighborhoods, also argued that the search warrant was based on a
      fabricated police report, which said a patrol officer had spotted
      Ladd dealing drugs on September 19th...

      When he produced travel receipts confirming his alibi, Ladd says the
      U.S. Attorney's office offered to drop the gun charge, which carries
      a penalty of up to 10 years in prison, if Ladd would infiltrate the
      St. Louis Islamic Center. Ladd refused.

      The U.S. Attorney's office is limiting comment on Ladd's case to the
      facts contained in court filings. The St. Louis Police Department has
      not yet responded to KMOX's request for comment on Ladd's claim a
      detective falsified a report.

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      JUDGE REJECTS EGYPTIAN'S ALLEGED TERROR LINK
      Terry Frieden, CNN Washington, 1/12/04
      http://www.cnn.com/2004/LAW/01/12/egyptian.sentence/

      ALEXANDRIA, Virginia - An Egyptian national living in the United
      States was sentenced Monday to a year in prison after a federal judge
      determined there was not enough evidence to tie him to charges of
      financially supporting terrorism.

      Soliman Biheiri will serve at least 10 months in jail and upon his
      release will be deported to his native country.

      He was convicted in October of fraudulently trying to obtain U.S.
      citizenship. The government had argued Biheiri should serve as much
      as 10 years because of alleged dealings with the Palestinian Islamic
      fundamentalist group Hamas.

      Biheiri acknowledged personal ties to Mousa Abu Marzook, a Hamas
      leader who lived in the United States until being deported after the
      group was designated a terrorist entity in 1995.

      The group's military wing has admitted responsibility for terrorist
      attacks against Israeli civilians attacks against the Israeli
      military...

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