Ground Zero Mosque Financier Accused of Fraud

Ryan Mauro is a fellow with the Clarionproject.org, the founder of WorldThreats.com and a frequent national security analyst for Fox News Channel. He can be contacted at ryanmauro1986@gmail.com.


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The Ground Zero Mosque controversy is reigniting as the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, and new accusations against its chief financier adds to concerns about the money for the $100 million project. Those behind the Ground Zero Mosque have a history of shady financial dealings, and have not ruled out taking money from Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Allstate Insurance is suing Hisham Elzanaty, the Ground Zero Mosque’s top financial backer, for running a “highly developed and sophisticated kickback scheme.” He is alleged to have fraudulently set up medical facilities, despite not being a licensed professional. He then presented Allstate Insurance with inflated medical bills and engaged in illegal fee-splitting arrangements, it is claimed. He is being sued by Allstate for $5.1 million. State Farm and Geico separately sued Elzanaty this year for $1.9 and $1.7 million respectively on similar allegations of fraud.

Elzanaty donated $6,000 to the Holy Land Foundation in 1999, which was shut down by the federal government in 2001 for acting as a front for Hamas. The government’s position was vindicated during the trial, and documents were introduced into evidence proving that the charity was set up by the Muslim Brotherhood to finance the terrorist group. Elzanaty says that he did not know of HLF’s terrorism connection when he made the donation, as the charity said it was raising money for orphanages.

“The Ground Zero Mosque’s financing should worry all Americans, even those who don’t have a problem with the location of the mosque,” Martin Mawyer, president of the Christian Action Network, told FrontPage. The organization is putting on a screening tour of its film opposing the Ground Zero Mosque in Congress and New York City public parks in the week leading up to the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Other questions surround Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and his Cordoba Initiative. He is also the leader of the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), which has the status of a “church” and therefore, does not need to disclose its donors. ASMA told the government in its filing that it had 500 attendees for its religious services, but the apartment building these services are held at cannot accommodate such a crowd. The organization was originally named the American Sufi Muslim Association and was co-founded with Faiz Khan, a 9/11 conspiracy theory activist. Khan also led prayers at Imam Rauf’s mosque until December 2009.

ASMA’s 2009 financial statement says it is “developing Cordoba’s ability to function independently.”  However, the filed tax return for Cordoba claims it is not financially tied to any other group. Furthermore, between 2006 and 2008, Cordoba did not declare over $130,000 in donations from 2006 to 2008. The government was not informed of a $32,000 donation in 2007. Two donations of $98,000 and $25,000 to ASMA for Cordoba were also not filed. The individuals behind the Ground Zero Mosque are now talking of forming another group with the specific purpose of fundraising.

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  • Fred Dawes

    the smell of the kickback of the middle east is so stinking you and smell it from coast to coast, ask what eaxt obama with his hands out for money from the dead? but after all if obama gets his black ass back in office this will mean nothing but normal business.

  • esperantominoria

    What can one say?The man is evil.In fact his Koran is similar.I mean,how many defenders of Islam,Muslim and non-Muslims,will tell you in the Koran a Muslim Man can have a Muslim Woman as his Slave?.

    None,of course,but it is authorized in 2 verses in the Koran:
    http://www.antisharia.com/2011/08/26/the-koran-sa

  • Larry

    Get a couple of pigs, put them in a van, take them to the site, and slaughter them in a humane, non-halal manner. Then butcher them and have a pork BBQ.

    • Fred Dawes

      Now that is real and a great idea.

    • kafir4life

      Are you a muslim? That sounds like the standard rama-dama-ding-dong fast breaking meal. Sometimes the muslims don't know that's what they are eating, but that's ok.

      allahu snackbar to y'all!

    • BIG IRISH

      Damn I love PORK Larry – Ill bring down so good ol' Canadian back-bacon too!…we can wash it down with some Canadian Club!!!….God Bless America!

  • kafir4life(

    No question that some of the fraud ends up in the campagin coffers of president Bammy Hussein. Some of the other methods he's using to raise money:
    1.) A raffle for a dinner with muz and his crew.
    2.) Selling guns to unlicensed pharmacutucal distributors.
    3.) The girls will be offered on e-bay (just for a night)
    4.) Extortion. (He does that often with business leaders)

    You know those billboards with Bush and the caption "Miss me yet?" At this point jimmy carter could run the same ads!

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Great insight…………………………..William

  • Watchman

    First things first; Michael Moore needs a bullet to go with his treasonous acts against America and we need the C.I.A. to do some old school assassinations of these people. Rigging cars or broken gas lines to their houses or business or the old poison dart coming out of the end of an umbrella. These inbreds need to be eradicated.

  • http://wwwtwosetsofbooks.blogspot.com patti

    Here is where ASMA, CAIR-NY, ICNA etc live: http://wwwtwosetsofbooks.blogspot.com/2011/08/icn
    Until the Rockefeller issue is exposed, we are all running in circles chasing our tails. David Horowitz's book The Rockefellers gives impt details about their "Interchurch Center"

  • effemall

    The intended new headquarters for Alibaba and the Forty Thieves will never happen. Rauf is out. The developer crook began to see Rauf as a PR liability as probably did the potential funding sources in Saudi Arabia and/or Iran. At this point the ex-waiter hustler is up against the wall and may soon have to take up waiting on tables again. Dunce caps need to be worn by their early supporters, Messrs. Obama, Bloomberg, et al. If by some outrageous miracle some sort of mosque will someday be built on the site, the farce has had enough publicity now that we could count on a few fed up and heroic Americans to blow it up and burn it down. Amen.

  • pinnie99

    We r so sick of this…but with no Congress,Senate and~ NO DOJ~ these low life pigs get away with everything!.Madoff pissed someone off.. thats why he is where he is! These peeps are no different. If they arent getting over on someone they would cease to be relevent!…..They r just scum sucking,greedy barbarians.!Lazy horrible excuses for humans .Not what God had in mind
    Remember to vote in 2011 Senate election …then we will hold down this country until 2012! It's all we can do!

  • myomy

    so when will this thief get his right hand and his left foot cut off for stealing? If he was in a Sharia law country that's what he'd get….

  • lkergljnielergkl

    By ground zero mosque do you mean community center with a prayer room several blocks away from ground zero?

  • John M Hummasti

    It's always about following the money. Follow where ojami ben wahdi (Obama) got all of his. Screwy Louis Farakkahn and his ilk. Rezko and ojami should be co-indicted. I was told long ago that the Nation of Islam was going to put ojami in the White House…… That was when Clinton was there and the BOP allowed the Muslims to steal a copy of the Trident Missile manual(s) from Leavenworth to use as blackmail and breach US/UK security in Iraq…….

  • WilliamJamesWard

    His ham Alzanaty should be barbecued in Times Square. Everything to do with
    these sleazy Islamist pigs is rotten to the core and someday there will be and
    authority that will wash them down into the sewers they belong in………William

  • voted against carter

    ' TAQIYYA '
    Do your own research about it if you don't know what this means.

    Islam IS EVIL. PERIOD.

    Islam strives for world domination.

    The Quran commands Muslims to exercise jihad.

    The Quran commands Muslims to establish shariah law.

    The Quran commands Muslims to impose Islam on the entire world.

    Islam is NOT a religion, it IS a totalitarian ideology.

    Islam wants to dominate all aspects of life, from the cradle to the grave.

    Shariah law is a law that controls every detail of life in a Islamic society.

    From civic- and family law to criminal law.

    It determines how one should eat, dress and even use the toilet.

    Oppression of women is good, drinking alcohol is bad.

    The core of the Quran is the call to jihad.

    Jihad means a lot of things and is Arabic for battle.

    Islam means submission, there cannot be any mistake about its goal.

    Islam and freedom, Islam and democracy are not compatible.

    They are opposite values.

    Mohamed's "wife" was six years old.

    That makes Mohamed a PEDOPHILE!!!

    And you want to base a "Religion" on this a z z -holes rantings?

    Are you INSANE?

    I STAND with Israel

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The Ground Zero Mosque is nothing but Islamic supremacism and those that support it like Gov. Christ Christie, Gov. Rick Perry, other RINOs must be exposed for the useful idiots they are.

  • Misfit

    Lets raise some funds and open a gay bar next door! I start with a 25 dollar donation!

    • alexander

      and Oink oink butcher shop (selling only pork) next to it

  • alexander

    they promised to bury us with our "democracy" (democratic laws) and they are doing just that. …

  • alexander

    and remember – Bloomberg says no Christian prayers!!! It would offend Muslem in Chief

  • MaoYing

    Anything and everything related to the muslims (arabs) and islam is basically evil–simply because they (islam) are part of a political movement–and a very dangerous political movement at that. Islam is no more a religion than whooping cough. But, guess what–God warned us about the muslims (arabs) via the Bible, so, nothing about the arabs should come as a surprise to anyone who reads the Bible. That is, in the Hebrew manuscripts from which the Bible was written, the arabs are referred to as "Arbeh", plus, the manuscripts tell us the Arbeh will swarm like locusts during our generation. In addition, the manuscripts tell us the Arbeh will become the enemy of God. Indeed, the Arbeh are indeed swarming like locusts now–Egypt is only one example of this. Has anyone ever heard of the word "jihad"? Has anyone ever heard of "The muslim brotherhood?–
    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pag

  • Farmer John

    Something is wrong. I twice spread ground pork all over the lawn and roof of a local mosque. Nobody noticed. But a dead pig would be hard to miss. Until next time!

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    I know somebody who has committed several million dollars of stock fraud who donates regularly to Yeshiva University.

  • DR.MUSIC

    First things first .. The koran is not a holy book..it is the most evil and racist and sexist book ever written. It is a slur to the written word. It is an insult to human intelligence. Have no doubt. Read it to disbelieve it .The Koran is PURE NONSENSE. All muslims should be trying to get out of islam’s clutches . All muslims should be trying to get out of islam’s clutches not only for their sake and their children’s sake but for the sake of their forefathers and foremothers who were converted to this evil and vile cult by the sword and fright. Forget christianity if it’s such a big issue .muslims need to move out en masse to something like buddhism. Or mass suicide. One can only hope.

    Let’s not forget that Islamic prayer includes a ritual of repeated MELODIC repetition of the first verse of the Koran, a verse that has been interpreted since its authoratative interpretation in medieval times, and still is today, to be a curse on Jews and Christians.
    The first Sura or chapter of the Koran contains the MELODIC CURSING of the Jews and Christians that is repeated five times daily in prayers. So the next time you hear the melodic Islamic call from the nearest mosque you helped build remember they aren’t calling you …they’re calling FOR non-islamic deaths.

  • Kai Villaescusa

    Are you sure you picked the right words to describe the nature of the resignations?

  • http://www.stamford-privee.com Asian Private Funds

    The complete information about the ground zero mosque is very helpful but the financing is looking pretty hard for this project.Its pretty good that they are looking for the fundraiser.

  • Mira

    Muslims aren’t perfect. Islam is. Don’t get the two confused. May God be with all of you.