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Thursday, July 31, 2008

MIAMI USED CAR DEALER, ALI HASSAN HAMMOUD, SCAMS FLORIDA FOR MILLIONS, HE WAS TO BE IN COURT TODAY ON CAR THEFT/CHOP SHOP CHARGES.

(AP) - Federal authorities have charged a Lebanese native with fraud after he allegedly deceived Florida officials into diverting millions of dollars to an account he set up, instead of a road building company that was supposed to get the money. Employees of a bank and the contractor are being credited with uncovering the $5.7 million scheme, leading to Ali Hassan Hammoud's arrest as he was attempting to fly to Beirut.

Some of the money had been wire transferred to Beirut before the FBI arrested Hammoud, 35, at Miami International Airport last week as he was waiting to board a plane bound for that Middle Eastern city. Details of the scheme were disclosed after court documents were unsealed Tuesday in Miami, where Hammoud was being held without bond on fraud charges pending a federal court appearance there Friday.


Hammoud, a native of Lebanon who lives in Miramar, was arrested Friday at Miami International Airport. Law enforcement records indicate Hammoud has arrests dating to 1996 for possession of counterfeit designer clothing, operating a chop shop, vehicle theft, selling vehicles with altered numbers (VIN) and fraud.

Ali Hassan Hammoud operated his chop shop under the name of Germanco Auto Parts, also as Germanco Parts Depot Inc, and as Germanco Auto Sales Inc, all linked to the 9741 NW 27th Ave address of "Zamaiss Import Export Inc." as seen in the story below. Ali Hassan Hammoud also appears to be linked to a second Florida car business that appears to have been exporting (stolen) used cars to Africa and the Middle East (selling vehicles with altered VIN's).

Dade County Clerk Records-Criminal Case-Ali Hassan Hammoud

Case .................Filed date ............Closed Date ................First Charge
F06001421B ....01/15/2006.......... OPEN...................... CHOP SHOP/OPERATE
F06001432 ......01/14/2006.......... OPEN ......................GRAND THEFT 2ND DEG
M06002336 .....01/15/2006 ..........10/04/2006............ BUSINESS W/O LIC
F06001427 ......01/15/2006 ...........02/13/2006 ...........CHOP SHOP/OPERATE

State Case#: 132006CF001421B000XX
Name: HAMMOUD, ALI
DOB: 12/20/1972
Date Filed: 01/15/2006
Date Closed: 00/00/0000 ...OPEN
Warrant Type: Felony
Hearing Date: 07/31/2008
Courtroom: REGJB-JUSTICE BUILDING, ROOM#:4-6
Address: 1351 N.W. 12 ST
Previous Case: F06001427
Judge: BUTCHKO, BEATRICE A
Charge Type Disposition
CHOP SHOP/OPERATE FELONY
GRD THEFT/3D/VEHICLE FELONY
GRD THEFT/3D/VEHICLE FELONY
GRD THEFT/3D/VEHICLE FELONY
GRD THEFT/3D/VEHICLE FELONY


Bill Warner
Private Investigator
WBI Inc Private Detective Agecny
Sarasota Fl
http://www.wbipi.com/

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