Four Missouri Islams Indicted for Transferring Money to Iraq

MARCH 8, 2007 - Posted at 7:39 a.m. CST

KANSAS CITY, MO - Four associates of a Missouri-based Islamic charity and a fifth man in the Middle East were indicted on charges they violated federal laws when they sent money to Iraq.

The U.S.  Attorney's office says the group stole government money and falsely represented its fund-raising goals to the public.

Charged in the 33-count indictment are officers of the Islamic American Relief Agency-USA, including its 50-year-old director, Mubarek Hamed of Columbia.

Another Columbia man and a former Columbia man now living in Iowa are also charged.  The others live in Illinois and Jordan.

Authorities say four of the men have been arrested and one is being sought in Jordan.

They're accused of illegally transferring $1.4 million to Iraq from 1991 to 2003, when it was under international sanctions.

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