Wednesday, December 28, 2011

More arrests in the "used car jihad"

Tulsa, Tennessee and now Detroit.  The web keeps catching more and more money-changers, the amount of funds laundered is up to 450M, all for Hezbollah and the continued jihad against Israel and the West.  Some dealers claim they knew nothing, and they may indeed be innocent of wrong-doing.  The investigation must continue and come to a conclusion, then it can be said who were the good guys and who were the bad guys.

Read the original Tulsa article here.

From the Lansing State Journal December 28 by Niraj Warikoo

Lansing used car dealership investigated in terror scheme 

A Lansing car dealership is named among 30 around the country in a federal investigation into an alleged $480 million money laundering scheme tied to Mideast terrorist group Hezbollah, federal prosecutors said.

According to a federal lawsuit filed in New York City, Oussama Salhab, the owner of Cybamar Swiss, a Redford Township transport company, "is a Hezbollah operative" who was part of an effort to funnel part of the proceeds from car sales to the Lebanese group.

The 66-page complaint lists a Lansing company called A&J Auto Sales Inc. as one of the dealers in Michigan - along with eight in and around Detroit.

However, the used car dealers are not accused in the federal complaint of being aware that they were part of a money laundering scheme and may have been unwitting participants.

It's unclear who owns A&J Auto Sales Inc. A business search turned up no results in Lansing, and the U.S. attorney's office referred to the complaint in lieu of comment.

The suit seeks the forfeiture of the assets of Cybamar.

In addition, federal officials sought the forfeiture of used car dealerships in Detroit, Dearborn Heights, Lansing and Redford Township that sold vehicles whose proceeds may have ended up going to Hezbollah.

Salhab bought vehicles from at least two of the dealerships, and his Redford company shipped many of the used cars overseas.

A manager at Cybamar said Friday the owner was not available to comment.

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