Connecting the dots to Terrorism
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 01:48:01 GMT —
The federal government wants to know where the money is coming from to finance a controversial Michigan cleric.
Ahmad Jebril is on probation for fraud, and has been on the U.S. governmentâ??s radar for his extreme radical Islamic views.
The Dearborn cleric is a hit on social media. He can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. As a result of his advocating jihad, he has hundreds of thousands of followers around the globe.
Jebril also has a checkered past.
He was indicted in 2003 for identity fraud and money laundering; and served more than 6 years in a federal lock-up.
Since then, he has been extremely outspoken on radical Islam using social media. Even though he stops short of calling for violence, some of his followers are said to have ties to ISIS and al Qaeda.
The federal government believes heâ??s hiding assets and information. Jebril hasnâ??t paid most of the more than $240,000 in restitution, after facing more than 40 financial fraud charges.
In court this week, U.S. district judge Gerald Rosen said, "Jebril has not been completely candid," with his probation officers and the court. That, "there are certainly grounds to distrust Mr. Jebril."
The assistant U.S. attorney said Jebril's computer records, â??do not give a full picture of his personal expenses."
"There is no evidence he is hiding assets,â?? Jebrilâ??s attorney countered.
The judge shot back, "I disagree."
Kamal Nawash, a prominent Washington D.C. attorney, isnâ??t surprised when he hears about such cases. â??Thereâ??s a fear out there that something could happen and here you have this individual who supposedly has followers out there. Itâ??s not unreasonable for the U.S. Government to be asking questions and to be worriedâ??
To date, thereâ??s no evidence Jebril has a job or how he makes money. Which is why the federal government wants answers; because itâ??s concerned Jebril might be receiving money illegally. But he did finally answer all questions posed to him to the judgeâ??s satisfaction. The deposition was sealed and not open to the public.
Jebrilâ??s probation is set to come to an end within days.
â??I think that the U.S. government, if you make yourself outspoken and act obnoxiously where you get their attention,â?? Nawash says, â??theyâ??re going to give you their attention.â??