Tuesday, March 13, 2007

MOA Members Busted in Counterfeit Goods Scam

MOA counterfeit bustCP has an exclusive story about a raid last week on a counterfeit goods scam that involved people Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, and New York. According to CP’s sources, several of those arrested are members of the Muslims of America, the cover organization for the terrorist group Jamaat ul-Fuqra:

According to my sources, at least some of the individuals who were arrested are believed to be members of the Muslims of the Americas, an Islamist organization operating throughout the US and founded by a Pakistani named Sheikh Mubarik Ali Gilani. The organization is made up of mostly religious followers, but serves as a front organization for the activities of a covert militant group known as Jamaat ul-Fuqra. The organization is partly funded via tribute from MOA members. Most members are generally required to send a percentage of their income, which may be gained through legal or, in a number of cases illegal means, to the sheikh in Pakistan. Research indicates the suspected MOA members in this ring may include:

> Ronald Roundtree of Lynchburg who, according to a source, is aka Muhammad Talib and has a history of drug abuse. News reports say he operated a booth outside the Z Market in Lynchburg selling some of the bootlegged items. Authorities searched not only the Z Market, but also Roundtree’s home at 11th and Polk Streets in Lynchburg, although research indicates he has been a previous resident at the MOA compound in Red House, VA. An additional address history search links him to several other Virginia locales as well as Williamsport, PA and California, both areas where MOA has previously operated.
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CP has much more information, including news videos and official documents. Go over to the Politics of CP to read the whole thing.

I notice that one of the alleged counterfeiters was arrested in Meherrin, which is in Prince Edward County, and another was busted in Pamplin, a tiny hamlet in the northeast corner of Charlotte County. Not to mention the alleged former resident of Sheikh Gilani Lane in Red House.

Remember Sheikh Gilani Lane? It’s the road through the Jamaat ul-Fuqra compound, the name of which was recently and notoriously affirmed by the Charlotte County Board of Supervisors.

Anyone want to drop Averett Jones a line and let him know about this?

Do you think he’d think it’s news?


David M said...

Trackbacked by The Thunder Run - Web Reconnaissance for 03/13/2007
A short recon of what’s out there that might draw your attention.

History Snark said...

Ah, but Baron: Won't your friendly editor simply point out that it's an individual that was arrested, and that there's no proof the Group as a whole was involved?

The fact of his previous wanderings in other JaF strongholds will mean nothing.

He'll never believe any ill of them, until they kick in his office door and whip out their swords for the ritual beheading. Then he'll wonder why they're blaming him, when he was always their friend.

Sometimes I despair.

Wally Ballou said...

Actually, I think the editor will think this is news, once he learns this salient fact:

The man who wholesaled the counterfeit goods, Mr Abbas Chouman, owner of "Gizmowear", is a pretty open-handed Republican Party contributor.


He was super-generous to the NRSC in 2004:


Hmm - both HIS senators are dems.

I have to say, selling counterfeit designer clothign on the street doesn't exactly outrage me. Who would be stupid enough not to know it's fake? And why should I care two pins? I'm not saying they should get away with it - I'm just sayin' it ain't exactly riot and insurrection. No smoking guns here, unless a few more dots are connected.