Fraud Dollars for Allah? FBI agent’s affidavit shows path to cracking $7 million counterfeit scam case linked to jihadist camps
(Christian Action Network) CAN News obtained Thursday, Nov. 1, a 35-page report by FBI special agent David J. Glawe of his investigation into a $7 million fraud operation linked to a jihadist camp in Red House, Virginia.
Included in the case information are documents, recorded materials and surveillance notes solidifying links to Muslims of the Americas camp in Red House, Virginia.
Glawe said his probe against Ronald Gerald Roundtree, 51, Lynchburg, began in August 2004, expanding to “numerous subjects in multiple judicial districts throughout the United States.”
The case netted eight arrests, seven resulting in federal felony convictions, five of which have been finalized by sentences handed down in Federal Court, Richmond, Virginia.
Glawe said the investigation included, “participation in physical surveillance and other investigative activity, and undercover operations, by me and other law enforcement officers.”
Wire tapping of phone conversations led to further arrests beyond the original scope of three: Roundtree, Terri Lynn Singleton and William Statts, in the Lynchburg, Virginia, vicinity.
Roundtree, also named “Talib,” had a postal address in Red House corresponding to the street address of 201 Fatima Lane, according to DMV records, Glawe noted.
Roundtree, with “no known legitimate source of income,” had two wives in addition to his “legal wife, Berna Robbins-Roundtree, of Fatima Lane, Red House,” he added.
His ‘cohabitate” wives are Keisha Janelle Simms, 1121 Stratford Road, Lynchburg, and codefendant Singleton, at 227 Woodlawn Avenue, Beckley, West Virginia.
Roundtree and Singleton had also resided at 316 Woodlawn Avenue, Beckley, West Virginia until December 20, 2006, according to UPS records of deliveries to the nearby location.
“Singleton is an associate and unofficial wife of Ronald Roundtree,” Glawe said.
Her criminal history included prior allegations of crack cocaine distribution and conspiracy to distribute cocaine in 1992.
Statts, also named Hamza, 38, had resided at 8054 Park Brown Rd., Harrington, Delaware, and bore an extensive criminal history, including felony theft, firearm, drug trafficking and fraud in 1984, 1990, 1998, 2000, 2001and 2002.
Statts is a board member of Muslims of the First State, a Muslims of the Americas affiliated group.
Glawe obtained Roundtree’s City of Lynchburg business license information for “Talib’s Sportswear” in July 2006, noting business conducted out of a 7306 Timberlake Road location.
Roundtree had also been affiliated with “Unity Urban Wear” retail clothing business at 15241 Wards Road, Lynchburg.
Selling counterfeit-label clothing claiming street values between $1,000 up to $2,000 became the stock in trade for Roundtree, according to Glawe.
The trade involved New York based businesses such as Gizmo Wear, Inc., Gucci USA, T Shirts International, Inc., Jump International Men’s Sportswear, and other bogus name-brand businesses located at 18 W. 27th Street, New York, NY.
“Gizmo Wear and affiliated companies are operated, owned or co-owned by Abbas, Hussein and Hassan Chouman…engaged in the production and/or distribution of counterfeit merchandise,” Glawe said.
Glawe noted the places and business names, plus other named subjects, as background for his extensive investigation – answering the question of what a $7 million criminal retail-fraud enterprise looks like.
CAN President Martin Mawyer said he believes the Muslims of the Americas group is likely to have received 30-percent, up to 70 percent of the proceeds or profits from Roundtree’s business.
He added those involved with the activities of Sheikh Mubarak Gilani’s jihadist organizations are taught strongly to supply funding in percentages of that range.
“The Fatima Lane address does not appear on official maps, it’s just one the Red House Muslims of America compound uses – Fatima being the daughter of Muhammad,” Mawyer said.
“They do have another compound in West Virginia, however its location is not noted in their literature,” he added. “Singleton and Roundtree were active with that compound as well.”
U.S. Justice Department announced recently a 57-month sentence in Richmond Federal Court for one of seven co-defendants, Abbas Chouman, 43, of Astoria, N.Y.
In September, Virginians Ismail Haqq, 33, of Meherrin, Cherubin Pierre, 32, of Highland Springs, and Eric Harmon, 40, of Richmond, received eight- 24- and 27-month prison terms respectively for their roles in the scam.
Christian Action Network seeks to expose Sheikh Gilani’s Jamaat al-Fuqra, and Muslims of the Americas, as a decades-old movement dedicated to jihadist ideology operating about 40 camps or communes in the United States and Canada.
The U.S Justice Department reports they suspect money laundering processes utilize security company links back to Gilani, residing in Pakistan, allegedly to fund select terrorist causes.
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