Monday, November 24, 2008
Sopranos Star Lillo Brancato is as guilty as Armento in murder of NYPD cop, Tatyana Timoshenko Mom of Murdered cop Russel Timoshenko was in courtroom.
DAILY NEWS STAFF, Updated Monday, November 24th 2008, 5:12 PM;
Former "Sopranos" actor Lillo Brancato knew his pal was packing heat because he threatened a drug dealer with a .357 Magnum before gunning down a cop, prosecutors charged Monday.
The revelation came as prosecutors opened the 32-year-old actor's murder trial by describing how Lillo Brancato and Steven Armento were trying to steal prescription drugs when they tragically crossed paths with off-duty NYPD Officer Daniel Enchautegui.
"In their effort to get drugs to satisfy their own desires, they took the life of a NYPD officer," ADA Terry Gottlieb said. "They planned in the car to commit a burglary."
Getting that point across to the jury is key to the prosecution. Under the state's felony murder law, they must prove Brancato committed the burglary in order to find him guilty of murder - even though Armento fired the shot that killed Enchautegui early on Dec. 10, 2005.Gottlieb said the suspects were drinking at a strip joint when one of them said, "Let's go get some drugs."
So they drove in Brancato's SUV to the Bronx home of his friend, 62-year-old Kenneth Scovotti. Unaware that Scovotti had died five months earlier, a drunken Brancato kicked in a window. Spooked by the sound of shattered glass, they split and headed to the Bronx home of drug dealer Joe Borrelli, Gottlieb said.
"What, are you crazy?" Borrelli said when the two men woke him demanding drugs, Gottlieb said. "Steven Armento pulled out a .357 revolver and threatened Joe Borrelli. Armento said, 'Do you think we're kidding?'" Borrelli, a tough guy with a lengthy rap sheet, pulled out an axe handle "and chases them away," Gottlieb said.
Brancato and Armento returned to Scovotti's home on Arnow Place and encountered Enchautegui, who heard the sound of breaking glass and came out to investigate. Eerie video footage from a grocery store surveillance camera across the street on that snowy morning that shows the SUV arriving and then Brancato racing back to the vehicle just as police - whom Enchautegui alerted - arrived.
By then, the cop was dying after being shot in the heart - and after he wounded Brancato and Armento.Brancato's lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, conceded that Brancato kicked Scovotti's window but "it was to get his attention." He said Vietnam vet regularly supplied Brancato with pills. "He believed he had permission to enter and get drugs, as he did many times before," the lawyer said.Tacopina also said Borrelli is not be believed because he faces a life sentence for his most recent drug arrest.
"Lillo Brancato is also a victim of Steven Armento," the lawyer said. "Lillo didn't even know Armento was armed." Brancato faces 25-years-to-life, if convicted. Armento, 51, was convicted of murder last month and sentenced to life without parole.
As prosecutors replayed the 911 tape of Enchautegui telling the operator he was going out to investigate a possible break in, his sister, Yolanda Rosa, clutched the hand of Tatyana Timoshenko, the mother of murdered cop Russel Timoshenko.
See my prior post,Sunday, November 23, 2008 , Grainy video allegedly shows NYPD's Timoshenko murder suspect fleeing from stolen BMW, Dexter Bostick also eyed in murder at Universal Auto World
See my prior post,Friday, November 14, 2008, Thug accused of murdering NYPD Russel Timoshenko was laughing, Dexter Bostick also eyed in murder of Collin Thomas at Universal Auto World Long Island
See my prior post Sunday, July 27, 2008, UNIVERSAL AUTO WORLD AND VICTORY TOYOTA USED CAR DEALERSHIPS ON LONG ISLAND CHARGED IN CAR SCAM AND STILL LINKED TO OPEN MURDER CASE.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
OBAMA'S PLAN FOR ILLEGAL DRIVER'S LICENSES ATTACKED, ATTENTION ILLEGAL ALIENS, FAKE FLORIDA DRIVERS LICENSES WERE AVAILABLE FOR $250 IN SARASOTA FL.
Now, if a Republican group has its way, Obama will suffer defeat at the polls for supporting such a program. The National Republican Trust Political Action Committee (NRTrust PAC) has launched a new TV ad click here hitting Obama on the issue of licenses for illegals, linking his position to the devastating terror attacks of Sept. 11. “Thirteen get driver’s licenses. The 9/11 plot depended on easy-to-get licenses,” a women narrator reveals as images of a burning World Trade Center are juxtaposed with a mock up of Mohammed Atta’s Florida driver’s license. Atta was fingered as the ringleader of the 9/11 terror attacks....It says Obama is "too radical, too risky."
Anti-Obama group ventures into 9/11 By Brian C. Mooney, Globe Staff ...“Obama is the most radical liberal ever to be nominated by the Democratic Party,” Scott Wheeler, executive director of the NRTrust, told Newsmax. “The driver’s license is just one of many issues that proves it.”
Bill WArner...Private investigator
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Muslim Terrorist NHS Docs, Bilal Abdulla and Mohammad Asha, 'Plotted Wholesale Murder' In London And Glasgow With Car Bombs Loaded With Nails !
Bilal Abdulla, 28, and Mohammed Asha, 29, are accused of plotting car bomb attacks in London and Glasgow. Woolwich Crown Court in London was told the pair were members of an Islamic terrorist cell (same as "Gas Limo Plot"). They wanted to kill the innocent and seize public attention around the world, prosecutor Jonathan Laidlaw QC said in his opening remarks. The terror Docs had access to at least 5 vehicles that were to be used in the terror attacks, the Cherokee Jeep used in the Glasgow attack, and several Mercedes Benz vehicles parked outside the Glasgow house of Mohammed Asha. There was a succession of cars seen outside the house, including a light blue Mercedes. It is not known if the Mercedes is linked to the failed bombing in London. The suspected car bomb discovered outside a central London nightclub has similarities to two of the most significant terror plots discovered in recent years. A plan to pack cars with propane gas canisters before detonating them at prominent central London locations had been drawn up by Dhiren Barot, an al-Qaeda mastermind.
There is a strong indication that Bilal Abdulla and Mohammed Asha were carryovers and linked to the terror cell run by Dhiren Barot and BLACKBURN Used Car Dealer Junade Feroze, part of a terror cell plotting 9/11-style "Gas Limo" attacks on Britain and America. Feroze was jailed for 22 years in June of 2007, Barot got life. Junade Feroze, 31, of Malham Gardens, Audley, Blackburn, had earlier admitted conspiracy to cause an explosion with car bombs filled with gas canisters and nails. Al Qaeda operative Dhiren Barot, had concluded that gas explosions from cylinders in a car bomb, if carefully orchestrated, could be as powerful as exploding TNT, Barot set out his belief that causing a fire around the gas cylinder in a vehicle would help to cause an explosion. Dhiren Barot was convicted of orchestrating a vehicle gas bomb plot involving targets in London, New York, Newark, N.J. and Washington, D.C.
See Prior Post on Blackburn "Gas Limo Plot", Saturday, May 03, 2008, BLACKBURN CAR DEALER ADMITS TERROR BOMB PLOT, A Blackburn used car dealer has admitted being involved in an Al Qaeda terrorist bomb plot. Junade Feroze, 31, of Malham Gardens, Blackburn, was one of four men who pleaded guilty to plotting against the UK and the United States.
The Glasgow terror Docs plan was to carry out a series of attacks on the public using bombs concealed in vehicles filled with gas canisters and nails (same as Gas Limo Plot)," he said. "No warnings were to be given and the cars were to be positioned in busy urban areas. "In short, these men were intent on committing murder on an indiscriminate and a wholesale scale. "In addition to the killing of the innocent, the objective of course was to seize public attention both here in this country and internationally." Abdulla, of Houston, Glasgow, and Asha, who worked as a neurologist at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
Jurors in the trial were told they would hear details of two attempts to explode car bombs in London's West End and of an unsuccessful attempt to mount a suicide bomb attack on Glasgow Airport. Material found in their possession after their arrests "reveals that both men hold or adhere to extreme Islamic belief and that both share, despite their professions and their obligations to save life and avert suffering, they both share the same extreme religious and murderous ideology as has inspired other terrorists who have struck at or threatened this country in recent years.”
The scene of the Glasgow attack; Mr Laidlaw continued: "The terrorists knew perfectly well that the public here would be gripped by fear - they would not know when and where the terrorists would strike next." Iraqi-born Abdulla was arrested after a burning Jeep was driven into the main terminal building at Glasgow Airport on June 30 last year. The jury was told the two men spent at least six months preparing what terrorists would call the “spectacular” attacks. The prosecutor said a house with a garage in a quiet residential area near Paisley, on the outskirts of Glasgow, was used as a bomb factory.
Jordanian, Mohammed Asha, a neurologist, was arrested on the M6 motorway in Cheshire later that day. Meanwhile, in the early hours of June 29, two Mercedes cars containing petrol, gas cylinders and nails were driven into London's West End. One was discovered outside the Tiger, Tiger nightclub in Haymarket, causing hundreds of revellers to be evacuated, there were more than 500 customers inside the club, as well as staff, bouncers and taxi drivers outside, the court heard. The second car, parked in adjoining Cockspur Street (set for the First Responders), was towed to a nearby car pound.
The bombers intended to set off the devices using an initiation circuit made from a mobile phone, the court heard. When a call was received, it was supposed to send a current, lighting a bulb and igniting the air-fuel mixture in the car causing a fire that would make the gas canisters to explode. The terrorists prepared for a technical problem by using two mobile phones in each car, the second as a back-up in case the first failed. But despite making a series of calls to the telephones intended to ignite the bombs (same scheme as the "Gas Limos" plot), the cars failed to explode, the court heard. Mr Laidlaw explained that they had allowed the “fuel richness” of the air in the vehicle to become too high, meaning there was not enough oxygen for the petrol and gas to ignite..........The trial continues.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Speculation Surrounds Case of Albanian Whistle-Blower Kosta Trebicka's Death, Miami Arms Dealer Efraim Diveroli and links to the Albanian Mafia !
Kosta Trebicka, a witness in an inquiry, died (possibly murdered) last month, 9/12/2008. The whistle-blower, Kosta Trebicka, uncovered evidence of public corruption in the export of ammunition from the Communist era in Albania . His accusations were followed by arrests in Albania and charges against the employees of an arms-dealing company (AEY Inc) in Miami Fl, United States, but only after an explosion at a munitions facility in the town of Gerdeci Albania killed 26 people, including children.
Albania's government said on Friday Sept 12 2008 it was looking into the sudden death of an arms industry figure who was helping prosecutors investigate a weapons sale to the United States and an explosion that killed 26 people. Television pictures (see video click here) showed businessman Kosta Trebicka, his head covered in blood, sprawled on his back on a dirt road in a remote area of eastern Albania, where he had been hunting. His off-road car was nearby, and appeared to be damaged. Trebicka was involved in repackaging ageing Chinese ammunition that was being sold from Albania to AEY Inc (Efraim Diveroli), a U.S. firm contracted by the Pentagon to supply the Afghan army.
Transcript of Diveroli - Trebicka Conversation, between Efraim Diveroli in Miami Fl and Kosta Trebicka in Albania - alleging Prime Minister Son, Mr. Shkelzen Berisha, on weapons smuggling from Albania and heavy influence of Albanian Mafia on Prime Minister, Sali Berisha's Deals. Recorded in Tirana, Albania on June 11, 2007 at 20:49 PM by Trebicka, Diveroli was in Florida* This conversation was recorded in Albania by Kosta Trebicka on a Nokia cell phone, the high quality and clarity of the (recorded) conversation indicates that Kosta Trebicka had professional assistance (CIA) in recording the conversation on his cell phone.
“MEICO”( Military Export Import Company ) is a public enterprise subordinate by the Albanian Ministry of Defense. “For the creation of Import- Export Enterprise subordinate by the Ministry of Defense”. “MEICO” is made up of a specialized staff (Albanian Mafia) in the field of import- exports. Its General Director is Mr. Ylli Pinari.
It is alleged the Albanian military and AEY Miami Fl used a third company, Cyprus-based Evdin Ltd., a company subcontracted by Albania’s trading giant, MEICO, to coordinate the deal between the Albanian military and AEY In Miami Fl. The New York Times alleges the Head of MEICO, Ylli Pinari, doubled the real price of the munitions and pocketed the difference which was shared among Albanian politicians.
Efraim Diveroli, AYE’s chief, David Packouz, Alexander Podrizki and Ralph Merrill were indicted by a federal grand jury in Miami on wide-ranging fraud charges in connection to supplying faulty ammunition to the Afghan army. The head of Miami-based company AEY Efraim Diveroli, suspected of a murky arms deals with Albanian officials to ship Chinese-made ammunition to the Afghan army is expected to plead guilty.
“The 22-year-old arms dealer will plead guilty to charges that he defrauded the U.S. government by shipping Chinese-made ammunition to Afghanistan and then trying to hide its country of origin from military officials,” the Associated Press reports. Efraim Diveroli, AYE’s chief in Miami, David Packouz, Alexander Podrizki and Ralph Merrill were indicted by a federal grand jury in Miami on wide-ranging fraud charges, see Efraim Diveroli's Florida State charges below.
State Case#: 132006CF0430400001XX...Name: DIVEROLI, EFRAIM
DOB: 12/20/1985...Date Filed: 12/21/2006..Date Closed: 11/21/2007
Courtroom: REGJB-JUSTICE BUILDING, ROOM#:2-4
Address: 1351 N.W. 12 ST Miami....Judge: MARIN, ANTONIO
Defense Attorney: SHAPIRO, ROBERT
1.BATTERY....................MISDEMEANOR.......NOLLE PROS-COMP PTI
2.DL/POSN OF STOLEN....FELONY...............NOLLE PROS-COMP PTI
Thursday, September 25, 2008
British Muslim, Rangzieb Ahmed, 'had Al Qaeda contacts book with terrorists' numbers written in invisible ink', terrorists met in Dubai.
The books were found during a search of a comrade's house after an investigation into claims Ahmed was working on ‘important Al Qaeda business,’ a jury was told. These books are very important in this case,’ said prosecutor Mr Andrew Eadis, QC. ‘They contain information in invisible ink. Who would write phone numbers on a book in invisible ink?
‘The prosecution say that these books contain information of considerable importance to a terrorist because it is information that enables terrorists to communicate by e-mail secretly.
‘Something else of some importance is the phone numbers for terrorists, this is a contact book for a terrorist.’ Ahmed who was born in Rochdale, Greater Manchester was said to be an important member of Al Qaeda and in a position to direct some of its activities. He was said to have been engaged in an operation which included him travelling to Dubai and intending to travel onwards to South Africa, but being diverted because something went wrong to the UK.
Ahmed, 33, of Fallowfield, Manchester denies terrorism charges alongside Habib Ahmed, 38, and Mehreen Haji, 27 (Ahmed and Haji are married)
‘The period between December 2005 and July 2006 and also including August 2006 is the period the prosecution are concerned with,’ Mr Eadis told Manchester Crown Court.‘The prosecution say that during that time, Rangzieb Ahmed was travelling on important Al Qaeda business. In that exercise, he was assisted by Habib Ahmed who followed him out to Dubai to help him.
FROM SHIITE USED CAR DEALERS IN TAMPA, FLORIDA TO IRAQ VIA DUBAI; CARS TO FUND TERRORISM
‘They were overheard by the listening device in the hotel bedroom for a few days in December 2005.‘Habib Ahmed went to help him because he is also a member of Al Qaeda and his job at that time was to help Rangzieb Ahmed.‘That was in December 2005. After they had met in Dubai, they both separately flew to the UK around Christmas time.
‘He was an important Al Qaeda member at that time and he was in this country and it was important for members of the organisation including Habib Ahmed to help him and that's what happened. ‘You will hear some listening devices recorded from the car because Habib Ahmed is a taxi driver and so a lot of conversations took place in the car during that important period when Rangzieb was in the UK.’
‘Ahmed continued to be a member of Al Qaeda and in April 2006 he went to a training camp in Pakistan to be trained further in the things you need to know to be an active terrorist, explosives training. ‘While he was there his wife, Haji, sent two sums of money to him, around £2,000 on each occasion.
‘It is an offence to fund terrorism and if she knew as we say she did that the money she was sending was going to be used by her husband for the purpose of funding his training then she would be guilty of an offence.
‘When Rangzieb Ahmed flew from Dubai to the UK he had with him some things, but one thing he did not have was a collection of three books or diaries. ‘Those came back into the UK not by him, although he owned them, but by Habib. They were seen when Habib Ahmed's baggage was searched at Schipol airport by Dutch investigators.
‘He (Habib) brought those books into this country and kept them at his house where they were found when searched by police in August 2006. ‘Rangzieb Ahmed had made an admission that he is a member of an organisation called Harakat-ul-Mujahideen (HUM). That is what is called a prescribed organisation in this country, which means it is a criminal offence to belong to it.
The court also heard of the evidence found at the defendant's homes which included books on suicide bombing and notes made by Mehreen on suicide bombers in Islam. Computers were allegedly seized from Mehreen and Habib's address and information on the hard drives included use of the search term 'suicide bombers in Islam.'
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Britons accused of bomb parts sales, Irag Roadside bomb parts came from Miami and were shipped to Dubai and into Iran
Two Iranians with British nationality face up to 20 years in jail if convicted of illegally exporting parts which could have been used in roadside bombs, the US Department of Defence said.
Isaac Gill and Ali Akbar Yayha are charged with buying and then illegally exporting goods which could be "used to further the military or nuclear potential of other nations".
The men, Iranian nationals and naturalised British citizens, were part of "a lethal international ring seeking to harm American and allied forces as well as innocent civilians", US authorities said.The parts, which were exported to Iran, could have been used in roadside bombs, which have killed more than 4,500 UK and US soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq.
See Prior Post; Thursday, September 18, 2008, IRAQ ROADSIDE BOMB PARTS CAME FROM MIAMI AND WERE SHIPPED TO DUBAI AND THEN INTO IRAN
The Port of Dubai UAE is the clearing house for numerous products (ie Stolen Cars) that go to the aid and support of international terrroism, see following; Sunday, August 24, 2008, FOLLOW THE MONEY AND THE STOLEN CARS, AL-QAEDA MASTERS TERRORISM ON THE CHEAP.
Saturday, May 03, 2008, SUNNI & SHIITE USED CAR DEALERS LINKED TO THE SUPPORT OF TERRORISM, UPDATED JUNE 14TH 2008.
The goods included more than 5,000 integrated circuits, about 345 GPS systems and 12,000 microchips. In an indictment filed at the US district court in the Southern District of Florida the two men, and six others, were charged with purchasing and causing the export of US goods to Iran through middle countries, including England, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Germany, and Singapore.
Julie Myers, homeland security assistant secretary for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, said: "The national security implications of this case cannot be underestimated. "The export of dual use technology is controlled for good reason. In the wrong hands, these items could be used to harm our soldiers, our homeland, and our allies."
Mario Mancuso, under secretary of commerce for industry and security, said: "This extensive, effective government effort has broken up a lethal international ring seeking to harm American and allied forces as well as innocent civilians by acquiring sensitive US technology capable of producing improvised explosive devices (IED) similar to those being used in Iraq and Afghanistan."
The 13-count indictment was returned by a federal grand jury in Miami, Florida, on September 11. No date has been set for the defendants to return to court.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
US EMBASSY ATTACKED BY TWIN CAR BOMBS IN SANAA YEMEN.. IN IRAQ TWIN CAR BOMBING HITS BAGHDAD, SAME DAY, SAME TIME.
BAGHDAD IRAQ AND SANAA YEMEN ARE BOTH IN THE SAME TIME ZONES.
The US embassy in Yemen was attacked by two car bombs, witnesses said. At least 16 people have been killed in an attack on the US embassy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa by a suicide bomber and armed fighters, the country's interior ministry has said. A suicide bomber on Wednesday morning, 9/17/2008, at about 9:30AM, drove a car close to the embassy before detonating his explosives, witnesses said, leaving part of the building on fire.
Armed men then attacked the embassy from a second car which also exploded, they said. Six guards, four civilians and six attackers died in the assault, the interior ministry said. A group called Islamic Jihad in Yemen has claimed responsibility for the attack and threatened to target the British, Emirati and Saudi embassies in Sanaa, reports say.
Police cordon...A vehicle was on fire on the road near the embassy compound's perimeter and police sealed off the area, witnesses said. Roads leading to the embassy were closed after the attack. Mohammed al-Qadi, a political columnist for the Yemen Times, told Al Jazeera: "The attack came at about 9.30 in the morning, when there were not so many people passing in the streets outside the US embassy. "Otherwise, the casualties could have been a lot more."
Twin bombing hits Iraqi capital pro-U.S. official targeted at home; A double car bombing Wednesday morning 9/17/08 at about 9:30AM in a West Baghdad business district has killed at least 15 people and wounded another 25, Iraqi police say. The first blast was a car bomb followed two minutes later by another explosion caused by another car bomb, police said. Fifteen people were killed and 25 wounded when the two car bombs went off minutes apart in the Al-Khark district of west Baghdad, an interior ministry official said.
Violence has dropped sharply in Iraq since last year, but attacks continue.
US military officials have warned that security gains remain fragile and that insurgents retain the ability to strike at US and Iraqi government targets.
See Prior Post, Sunday, August 24, 2008, FOLLOW THE MONEY AND THE STOLEN CARS, AL-QAEDA MASTERS TERRORISM ON THE CHEAP.
See Prior Post, Sunday, August 24, 2008, IRAQI CID COLLECTS STOLEN CAR EVIDENCE AGAINST AL-QAEDA, 2ND BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM 3RD INFANTRY US ARMY
See Prior Post, Saturday, July 26, 2008, FROM SHIITE USED CAR DEALERS IN TAMPA, FLORIDA TO IRAQ VIA DUBAI; CARS TO FUND TERRORISM
Monday, September 08, 2008
ARROGANT MIAMI FBI AGENT BLOWS OFF INFO ON MUSLIM USED CAR DEALER ALI HASSAN HAMMOUD WHO STOLE MILLIONS FROM STATE OF FLORIDA & WIRED CASH TO BEIRUT
Muslim used car dealer Ali Hassan Hammoud was able to steal $5.7 Million from the State of Florida and wire transferred at least $3 Million to Beirut Lebanon (can you say "Hezbollah").
Hezbollah has been involved in the stolen car racket to support terrorism for years, Hezbollah theft rings have stolen luxury cars in Canada and sent them to Lebanon for use by senior Hezbollah officials. Muslim Used Car Dealer Ali Hassan Hammoud was deeply involved in the stolen car rackets see below, he was scheduled for Court, July 31st, just prior to his trying to flee the Country;
State Case#: 132006CF001421B000XX
Name: HAMMOUD, ALI
Date Filed: 01/15/2006
Date Closed: OPEN
Warrant Type: Felony Hearing Date: 07/31/2008
Previous Case: F06001427
Charge ...Type... Disposition
CHOP SHOP/OPERATE.............................. FELONY
GRAND THEFT AUTO/3D/VEHICLE......... FELONY
GRAND THEFT AUTO/3D/VEHICLE......... FELONY
GRAND THEFT AUTO/3D/VEHICLE......... FELONY
GRAND THEFT AUTO/3D/VEHICLE .........FELONY
Dade County Clerk Records-Criminal Case-Ali Hassan Hammoud
Case ................Filed date .......Closed Date ................First Charge
F06001421B ....01/15/2006......... OPEN.........CHOPSHOP/OPERATE
F06001432 ......01/14/2006..........OPEN ........GRAND THEFT AUTO 2ND DEG
M06002336 .....01/15/2006 ....10/04/2006.....BUSINESS W/OLIC
F06001427 ......01/15/2006 .....02/13/2006 ...CHOP SHOP/OPERATE
On or about August 8th, 2008 I received a phone call from a Miami body shop owner who claimed he had also been a victim of Ali Hassan Hammoud, Hammoud had used his State of Florida used car license (with his approval) to purchase used cars from CoPart, but the supposed Certified Checks that Ali Hassan Hammoud presented to CoPart for the vehicles were forgeries and the Miami body shop owner is now on the hook for thousands of dollars as it was his license used to purchase the cars. Copart auctions used and salvage vehicles to auto parts dismantlers, rebuilders, used car dealers, wrecking yards, and the public for insurance and rental car companies and manufacturers. Ali Hassan Hammoud could not purchase used cars as a dealer in the State of Florida as his license had been revoked, something about all those stolen car charges and operating a Chop Shop. Ali Hassan Hammoud was more than likely sending stolen vehicles out of the country after switching the VIN's from the Copart auction cars to the stolen cars and then via the Port of Miami to the Middle East through his Zamaiss Import Export company.
After checking out the story from the Miami Body Shop owner, I contacted the Miami FBI office at 16320 Northwest 2nd Ave North Miami Beach, FL (305) 944-9101 and asked to speak to an Agent, I was transferred to a Female FBI Agent and asked if she was involved or knew about the Ali Hassan Hammoud case, she refused to acknowledge and/or reveal any information of any kind on Ali Hassan Hammoud (nothing new about this attitude). I went on to explain who I was and that I had a background with the Bureau of Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) on stolen and smuggled cars that were shipped out of the State of Florida to Dubai UAE in support of terrorism, the female FBI Agent could care less. I went on to explain that Ali Hassan Hammoud was involved in purchasing vehicles at auction with forged certified checks and it appeared that he shipped the vehicles out of the Country to the Middle East, the female FBI Agent could care less. I went on to explain that the Miami body shop owner that was victimized by Ali Hassan Hammoud was reluctant to come forward as he had illegally let Hammoud use his car dealer license to purchase vehicles, the female FBI Agent could care less. I went on to explain that in Tampa, the FBI has an ongoing investigation into stolen - smuggled cars shipped out of the State of Florida to the Middle East in support of terrorism and that Ali Hassan Hammoud could very likely be involved, the female FBI Agent could care less, end of telephone conversation.
What this female FBI Agent in Miami failed to understand in our brief conversation is that Copart Miami auctions off late model BMWs, Mercedes, Maseratis, and Porches that have been in wrecks and were totaled out by the Insurance company. Enterprising Auto Thieves (like Ali Hassan Hammoud) buy these late model wrecks for pennies on the dollar, about $4,000 average and then steal a like model to match, in Mr. Hammoud's case he bought the cars with forged Certified Bank Checks so he has no cost. The Auto Thieves will then change out all the VIN's (Vehicle Identification Numbers) on the wrecked car to the stolen car and also switch out the vehicle's computer and re-key the car, and voilà an untraceable car that can be sold for $50,000 to $70,000 in the USA with a re-vamped title or more likely ship the car to Dubai UAE and double that amount to $100,000 or $140,000 when resold in the Middle East, big profits on a $4,000 purchase with $1,400 shipping, even better when you buy the cars with forged Certified Bank Checks.
FBI agents caught Ali Hassan Hammoud minutes before he was to board an Air France flight to Beirut Lebanon, but they were too late to stop the transfer to Lebanon of some of the $5.7-million (about $3 million) stolen from the Florida State Treasury. The money was transferred in four installments after state officials received bogus paperwork directing them to ship the money to an account Hammoud controlled instead of sending it to Anderson Columbia, a Lake City construction company.
Hammoud, a native of Lebanon lives in Miramar FL, 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 selling the vehicles with altered VIN's.
In an affidavit accompanying the wire fraud charges filed against Hammoud FBI Agent Zachary Coates said the state began depositing money in Hammoud's bank account on July 21, after receiving a form asking that money due Anderson Columbia be paid to an account at Regions Bank in Miami instead of the true account at Wachovia in North Florida. The form was signed by "Rick Ward,'' who was identified as an accountant with Anderson Columbia. Ward is actually a service manager for the company's Marianna branch, and his name appeared on Anderson Columbia's Web site. Ward had not signed the form and had no knowledge of it, the FBI said. No one at Anderson Columbia was aware of the change in bank accounts until they started questioning officials in Sink's office.
Ali Hassan Hammoud is presumed innocent of all charges until found guility by a jury of his peers.
The FBI has not revealed if they know where the missing $3 million that was wired to Beirut Lebanon is, or who has it.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Follow the Money & the Stolen Cars, Al-Qaeda Masters Terrorism On the Cheap; In Germany, three Arab men were convicted in December on charges of attempting to raise $6.3 million for al-Qaeda by faking a death to collect on nine life insurance policies. In Switzerland and Spain in 2006, authorities broke up a cell that had stolen $2 million worth of computers, cars and home furnishings.
Police said the group sold the goods on the black market and had couriers carry the cash, in $2,000 increments, to an al-Qaeda-affiliated network in Algeria.
U.S.-Based Stolen Car Rings Fund, Supply Terrorists ; Terrorists have been using stolen car rings inside the United States to fund and supply their operations for years, recent investigations reveal.
Stolen cars are obtained inside the United States, particularly in Tampa, Fl., and shipped to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where they are then sold for profit or even used for car bombs in places such as Iraq.
WASHINGTON POST...LONDON -- Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, al-Qaeda has increasingly turned to local cells that run extremely low-cost operations and generate cash through criminal scams, bypassing the global financial dragnet set up by the United States and Europe.Although al-Qaeda spent an estimated $500,000 to plan and execute the Sept. 11 attacks, many of the group's bombings and assaults since then in Europe, North Africa and Southeast Asia have cost one-tenth as much, or less.
The cheap plots are evidence that the U.S. government and its allies fundamentally miscalculated in assuming they could defeat the network by hunting for wealthy financiers and freezing bank accounts, according to many U.S. and European counterterrorism officials.In an ongoing trial here of eight men accused of planning to blow up airliners bound for the United States two years ago, jurors have been told how the accused shopped at drugstores for ingredients to build bombs that would have cost $15 apiece to assemble.
Similarly, the cell responsible for the July 7, 2005, transit bombings in London needed only about $15,000 to finance the entire conspiracy, including the cost of airfare to Pakistanto consult with al-Qaeda supervisors, according to official British government probes.Investigations into several plots in Europe have shown that operatives were often flush with cash, raising far more than necessary through common criminal rackets such as drug dealing and credit card theft and stolen cars.
Testimony in the trial of the accused airliner plotters has shown that the defendants had enough money to buy a northeast London apartment for $260,000 shortly before their arrest, allegedly so they would have a safe place to mix liquid explosives for their bombs.One of the July 2005 suicide bombers, a 22-year-old part-time worker at a fish-and-chips shop, left an estate worth $240,000 after he blew up a subway train. Neither his family nor authorities have explained where he got the money.
In Spain, the cell responsible for the March 2004 train bombings in Madrid needed $80,000 to finance the plot, according to Spanish court documents. But they had access to more than $2.3 million worth of hashish and other illegal drugs that they could have sold to raise more money, the documents showed.Even the 9/11 hijackers wired back about $26,000 in surplus funds to accounts in the Persian Gulf area a few days before the attacks.
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B). "USED CAR RACKET" FROM THE USA TO JEDDAH SAUDI ARABIA
C). TheAge.com (Australia): Police struggle to put brake on stolen car traffic
D). PAKISTANI "BUSINESS MEN" RUN THE DUBAI USED/STOLEN CAR SYNDICATE
E). NPR: Analysis: License Plates For Stolen Cars in Gaza
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G). Boston.com: US car theft rings probed for ties to Iraq bombings
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J). Iraqi National News, The Iraqi Coast Guard seizes four tankers carrying smuggled cars
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