tags: bank fraud, terrorism links, Mideast or Muslim Suspect, 9/11 hijacker, Nawaf al-Hazmi, gas station
3 charged in $17 million dollar bank fraud scheme April 5, 2012 Khaldoun Khalil Khawaja Criminal Cases Authorities say Khaldoun "Tony" Khalil Khawaja paid pennies on the dollar at his Tampa convenience store for more than $1.8 million in fraudulent tax refunds, then sent the checks to his brother in Virginia. The brother who was arrested when he came to see his brother before the court Muawia "Mike" Khalil Abdeljalil, also owned three convenience stores in the Roanoke area. Investigators found evidence of 442 refund chucks deposited in accounts controlled by Abjeljalil in an eight-month span in 2010, according to federal court documents. Also charged in the scheme was “Sam” Mustafa who gave a job to Nawaf al-Hazmi in 2000 who had arrived in town to train as one of the September 11, 2001 hijackers at a gas station he once owned at La Mesa near San Deigo. Muawua "Mike" Khalil Abdeljalil, 43, of Roanoke, and his brother, Khaldoun "Tony" Khalil Khawaja, 47, of Florida, both pleaded guilty for their roles in this case. One more co-defendant, Osama Mahmud Mustafa was scheduled to go to trial on April 15th. In size, it was a 17 million dollar federal tax refund scam, busted by the IRS and FBI, was the first of its kind. They used a pair of Roanoke Valley convenience stores to clean the money. The men bought social security numbers from another illegal player in the scheme, social security numbers belonging to dead people and Florida prison inmates, court records claim.
Khaldoun “Tony” Khawaja was previously arrested in the 2005 Bust, “Operation Up in Smoke” which was linked to support of terrorism during a criminal investigation conducted by the Tampa Bay Regional Domestic Security Task Force (RDSTF). Proceeds came from the sale of stolen property, particularly cigarettes and baby formula in convenience stores sent to the Middle East.
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May 16, 2012 Ex-La Mesa Gas Station Owner Who Hired 9/11 Hijacker Faces Fraud and Money Laundering Charges By Matt Potter Osama Mahmud “Sam” Mustafa--who gained notoriety here after it came to light that one of the September 11, 2001 hijackers worked in a gas station he owned in La Mesa--is back in the news again. Mustafa, 49, who now lives in Riverview, Florida, along with co-defendants Khaldoun "Tony" Khalil Khawaja, of Tampa, and Khawaja's brother, Muawia "Mike" Khalil Abdeljalil, a Virginia resident, were indicted by a federal grant jury for conspiracy to profit from a trade in fraudulent tax refund checks, along with various money laundering and related fraud charges.
October 6th 2011 “Tampa Muslim Mafia Boss Khaldoun “Tony” Khawaja Back in Jail, 9 Counts of Dealing in Stolen Property, Arrested in 2005 Linked To Support of Terrorism“. Khaldoun “Tony” Khawaja was arrested in the 2005 Bust, “Operation Up in Smoke” which was linked to support of terrorism during a criminal investigation conducted by the Tampa Bay Regional Domestic Security Task Force (RDSTF) with proceeds from the sale of stolen property, particularly cigarettes and baby formula in convenience stores sent to the Middle East. Co-defendant in the 2005 bust, Adil Abdel Hader, was also charged with procuring young children for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity with them.On at least four occasions, sometimes in graphic detail, Hader told undercover officers that he was interested in sex with young girls and boys and that he would be willing to pay for the arranged meetings, NICE CREW HERE.
17 million tax refund scam first of its kind in SW Virginia Posted: Mar 12, 2013 9:29 PM CDT U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy said a recent 17 million dollar federal tax refund scam, busted by the IRS and FBI, was the first of its kind to hit Southwest Virginia.
Man arrested for federal tax fraud at brother's sentencing
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