The Hamed Organization, comprised mostly of family members, sold stolen infant formula, computers, Global Positioning System devices and cigarettes out of its convenience stores in St. Louis City and County and used couriers to send money and jewelry to Palestinian territories, said U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway.
The enterprise also transferred real estate and businesses among its members as a way to generate cash from fraudulently obtained bank loans, prosecutors said. The organization members now face to 30 years and $1 million fine for bank fraud, and other prison sentences and fines for other charges relating to their operation.
The family sold their stolen goods out of the following area convenience stores:
Regal Food I, 4201 McRee Ave., St. Louis;
The indicted are:
Bassam Hisham Hamed, 33; of Florissant, ring leader;
Ghandi Hisham Hamed 30, of Florissant, leader and brother of Bassam Hamed;
Ayoub Hisham Hamed, 27; of Hazelwood, brother of Bassam Hamed;
Said Jarabaa, 35, of Florissant, leader;
Suhail Jarabaa, 28, of Florissant, brother of Said Jarabaa;
Mazen Badwan, 36, of Florissant;
Mohammed Badwan, 33, of Florissant, brother of Mazen Badwan;
Abdelkarim Badwan, 58, of Florissant, father of Mohammed and Mazen;
Nael Abdeljabbar, 48, of Florissant;
Mahmoud Ghannam, 46, of Hazelwood;
Mahir Mohammad, 44, of St. Louis;
Nayef Lutfeyyah, 66, of Florissant;
Rayqa Jarabaa, 58, of Palestine;
Shahrazad Ramadan, 55, of St. Louis.
This article was written about by Columnist Debbie Schlussel "Religion of Ripping Off Americans to Finance Palestinian Terrorism"; UPDATE: Indictment Added and I mention all this because the crimes committed as seen above are an ever growing trend in Major cities like St. Louis, Detroit/Dearborn and Tampa all in support of terrorism.
Debbie Schlussel has written extensively about the convenience store scams run by Muslim store owners in the Dearborn area and across the USA, and I have posted articles about the Muslim Mafia and the stolen/smuggled cigarette trade here in Tampa and elsewhere, it appears to be all non-stop and all connected;
Thursday, June 26, 2008, MORE MUSLIM CIGARETTE SMUGGLING & MONEY LAUNDERING THIS TIME QUEENS NY VIA DEARBORN MI
Friday, May 09, 2008, Cigarette Smugglers in New York City Funnel Money to Terror Groups "Large scale cigarette smuggling in New York city" is dominated by family based networks of Lebanese, Yemeni, Jordanian and Palestinian men", money from the sale of the smuggled cigarettes goes to support terrorism.
Saturday, May 03, 2008, TAMPA, MONEY LAUNDERING FROM SMUGGLED CIGARETTES AND CARS SENT TO IRAQ AS BOMBS TAMPA, laundering money from smuggled cigarettes and used cars sent to Iraq. Money laundering plan targets trade-based used cars.