Feds Charge 14 In Missouri Based Hamas Terror Funding Prosecution


October 16, 2008 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On Tuesday, a St. Louis grand jury handed down a federal indictment charging 14 operators of local convenience marts with a complex scheme to help finance the Palestinian terror group Hamas.

Charges include, bank fraud, racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to receive stolen goods. [source, U.S. vs Hamed]

The conspirators are known collectively as the "Hamed" group, named after lead plotter, Bassam H. "Sam" Hamed who is 33. The plan originated 8 years ago, in 2000 when it was decided to fund the terror group, sometimes through the sale of contraband items, in the convenience stores and through a complex web of sales and re-sales from which funds were skimmed.

It is estimated that a minimum of $250,000 and as much as $1.5 million was netted in the illegal operation.

Those charged in the ongoing investigation include.

Bassam Hisham Hamed, Florissant, MO, chief executive of the enterprise

Ghandi Hisham Hamed, Florissant, MO, leader of the enterprise and brother of Bassam Hamed Ayoub Hisham Hamed, Hazelwood, MO, brother of Bassam Hamed

Said Jarabaa, Florissant, MO, leader of the enterprise

Suhail Jarabaa, Florissant, MO, brother of Said Jarabaa

Mohammed Badwan, Florissant, MO, brother of Mazen

Mazen Badwan, Florissant, MO, brother of Mohammed

Abdelkarim Badwan, Florissant, MO, father of Mohammed and Mazen

Nael Abdeljabbar, Florissant, MO

Mahmoud Ghannam, Hazelwood, MO

Mahir Mohammad, St. Louis, MO

Nayef Lutfeyyah, Florissant, MO

Rayqa Jarabaa, Palestine

Shahrazad Ramadan, St. Louis, MO

Among the businesses the conspirators operated are:

Regal Food I, 4201 McRee Avenue, St. Louis

Regal Food II, 3852 Virginia Avenue, St. Louis

Ferguson Market, 9101 West Florissant Avenue, Ferguson

Prince Market, 9826 St. Charles Rock Road, St. Louis

St. Louis Supermarket, 4331 Natural Bridge Avenue, St. Louis.

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