Jamaat ul Fuqra, Muslims of the Americas tied to U.S. counterfeit trade
By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director, & Judi McLeod, Founding Editor, Canada Free Press, November 16, 2007
16 November 2007: Earlier this year, a multi-million dollar counterfeit clothing ring based in New York City with its tentacles reaching into various states and internationally was busted by federal authorities after a lengthy investigation. Investigation revealed that at least three of those arrested have definitive ties to the terrorist organization Jamaat ul Fuqra and its front group, the Muslims of the Americas, led by Pakistani terrorist Sheikh Mubarek Ali Gilani. The latest action in this case occurred this week. On Wednesday, 14 November 2007, U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson sentenced Ronald Roundtree, 51, a member of the Muslims of the Americas camp in Virginia to 21 months in federal prison for his role in a multi-state, multi-million dollar counterfeiting ring.
The counterfeiting ring was busted by federal authorities on 7 March 2007, as announced by the United States Attorney's Office Eastern District of Virginia. In a press release, authorities announced the arrest of eight-(8) individuals in Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, and New York, as part of a FBI led investigation into trafficking in counterfeit goods and copyright infringement.
According to investigative reports, the counterfeit clothing ring led by Abbas CHOUMAN, 43, of Astoria, NY generated over $7 million in revenue. CHOUMAN was sentenced on Friday, 12 October 2007 to 57 months in federal prison for his role in the criminal copyright infringement scam. In September, HAQQ, PIERRE and HARMON were sentenced to 8, 24, and 27 month prison terms respectively for their roles in the operation; on August 2, Ishoc Uthman Ibn-Abdus SALAAM, was sentenced to 18 months in prison after being found guilty by a federal jury in Richmond of attempted conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods. Additionally, Terri SINGLETON, 34, of Beckley, WV, one of ROUNDTREE's three wives, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods with ROUNDREE. SINGLETON received two years probation in a separate federal court penalty hearing last month.
As part of the investigation conducted by this agency, it was determined that three of the above named defendants, Ismail HAQQ, 33, Cherubin PIERRE, 32, and Ronald ROUNDTREE, 51 have ties to the Muslims of the Americas and Jamaat ul Fuqra encampments located within the United States and Canada. The headquarters for Jamaat ul Fuqra is located on the outskirts of Hancock, NY, nestled in a wooded area near the water reservoir that supplies the majority of fresh water to the greater New York City area.
Jamaat ul Fuqra is the Islamic terrorist organization operational within the United Stated and Canada that uses the Muslims of the Americas as an allegedly innocuous Islamic organization that is led by the Pakistani terrorist Sheikh Mubarek Gilani. Gilani, most notably, was identified as the Muslim leader that Wall Street Journal Reporter Daniel Pearl was on his way to interview when he was kidnapped and brutally beheaded. Investigators from the Northeast Intelligence Network first reported on the activities of Jamaat ul Fuqra on this web site in a comprehensive report last year. That report drew the ire of Pakistani Sheikh Gilani against the Northeast Intelligence Network, along with denials of his involvement in any criminal or terrorist enterprise in the U.S.
As verified by Interpol, the FBI and CSIS, there is a vast amount of money being made in the sale of counterfeit goods, and in many cases, the profits are being funneled to Islamic terrorist groups. From brake pads to CDs and clothing, it's easy to find a source for "knock-off" goods in the city where you live. According to Interpol, most terrorist organizations, including al Qaeda, will have a counterfeiting arm built within their organization that raises money for the terrorist leaders to fund terror operations and sustain their organizations.
Despite the innocuous characterizations by some in law enforcement and neighboring residents that the Muslim compounds housing members of the Muslims of the Americas, or more precisely, Jamaat ul Fuqra are "good residents and neighbors," evidence uncovered by our investigation suggests that activities at these compounds could involve terrorist training. In addition to such training, additional evidence was uncovered that Gilani's disciples are involved in raising money for terrorist operations through Muslim charities inside the U.S. The counterfeiting operation is just one more method of fund raising for terrorism operations.
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