The U.S.-based think tank Rand Corp. a non-profit policy-analysis organization released a report Tuesday suggesting that organized criminal groups are increasingly turning to the lucrative and largely unprosecuted street sales of pirated movies (DVD's) as a new revenue source, Rand reported.
The research, supported by a grant from the Motion Picture Association, involved interviews with more than 120 law enforcement and intelligence officials and a review of 2,000 pages of documents.
From the Jawa Report, Out: Heroin Funding for Jihad ...In: DVD Piracy Funding Jihad?
See my prior post, Saturday, May 24, 2008, Knock Offs Knock thousands of $ dollars off Sarasota-Tampa Economy with Counterfeit DVD's and Computer Software.
IN TAMPA, laundering money from stolen cigarettes, counterfeit CD's and DVD's and used cars sent to Iraq. Money laundering plan targets trade-based used cars
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Federal agencies announced a anti-money laundering strategy on combating trade-based activities as traditional bank transfer avenues are shut down they also will investigate how free-trade zones affect illicit imports and exports (USED CARS).
Washington Post article, money from the sale of used cars at the al-Nahar car dealership in Mosul, supports Al-Qaeda's terrorist attacks, official DOD document.
HOW THE TAMPA USED CAR SCAM WORKS IN TRADE BASED TAMPA MONEY LAUNDERING, THOUSANDS OF COUNTERFEIT CD'S, DVD'S AND MICROSOFT VISTA PROGRAMS ARE SHIPPED FROM EGYPT TO THE PORT OF TAMPA EVERY MONTH which are picked up by a local truck driver and then delivered to a variety of ethnic Tampa grocery stores in the greater Tampa area then sold at full price resulting in huge profits, convicted terrorist supporter Sami al-Arian had been involved with this network.
In Feb 2007 over 150 shipments of counterfeit CD's and DVD's were received at
the Port of Tampa from Cairo Egypt resulting in over $1 Million in sales at retail in the Tampa grocery stores. Such shipments of counterfeit merchandise result in high profits used to support terrorism. The $1 Mill in sales form the counterfeit CD's, cost of goods should be $300,000 with a profit of $700,000 , so how do you launder the $700,000 ?
Terror cell in Tampa, You can not show this much profit in the Tampa grocery stores,you can not put this money in a bank or wire transfer such large amounts without calling attention to yourself from the FBI, so what do you do ? Buy cars, with multiple associates in the used car business in the Tampa from the auto auctions with your $700,000.00, deliver the vehicles to a central warehouse storage lot near the port of Tampa and ship the vehicles to Dubai in containers for resale.
Dubai is the largest used car connection in the world , the Tampa cars are re-sold at 2 to 3 times in Dubai what you could get at retail in Tampa, a late model Lexus SUV purchased at the Tampa Auto Auction for $15,000 shippped to Dubai for $1,200 will sell for $42,000 in the Middle East with the cash profits going to support terrorism, see Washington Post article 2/10/08.
Tampa's Muslim Mafia linked to funding terrorism with the sale of stolen cigarettes, counterfeit DVD's and CD's and the ongoing money laundering arrests and convictions of at least 5 Tampa grocery store owners (Saad Saad, Samer Saleh and Hasan Qasem) since March of 2004.
See my prior post, Tuesday, May 13, 2008, CONFESSIONS OF A FEDERAL CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANT, STOLEN CARS FROM TAMPA TO DUBAI IN SUPPORT OF TERRORISM.In 2003, Saad Saad was convicted of 15 felonies including a RICO charge for the selling of stolen baby formula at "Mikes Food Store" where Sami al-Arian owned the property. The stolen infant formula scam is part of a nationwide Muslim scam that dupes the Federally Funded WIC program for huge profits that in turn are wired to the Middle East to support terrorism.
Saad Saad had been on probation since Jan 2004, in March of 2006 he is nailed again for dealing in stolen property, 5 counts. Now fast forward to Nov. 2006 and Saad Saad is arrested once again, this time by the US Marshals for Money Laundering.
Saad Saad was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on Nov. 1st 2006, but then released to Federal custody on Nov. 6th 2006 and has since disappeared in to the Federal Jail system with no bond.
In October 2007 a secret Sealed Federal Indictment was opened on Saad Saad, Samer Saleh and Marlon Mejia. It appears that the trio were into narcotic sales and were sending the profits, more than $100,000 in a twelve month period, via money orders purchased at Sadd Saad's SNAX Food Stores in Tampa, to London, Samer Saleh ran the Diamond Supermarket in Tampa.
Samer Saleh is currently in Coleman Correctional Federal prison with a listed release date of 2/15/2011, Saad Saad does not appear on the Federal Bureau of prisons website http://www.bop.gov/ , nor is he still listed on the Florida State probation website http://www.dc.state.fl.us/AppCommon/ were he had been listed since 2003. Also in Tampa arrested on terror related charges are Tampa USF students Megahed & Mohamed, linked to pipe bombs, Tampa terror central.