Thursday, June 02, 2005

ICE Ice Baby

From the indefatigable Jeffrey Imm, moderator of Yahoo! Groups: dc-terror via Jihad Watch: ICE Campaign Against Illegal Money Transmitters & Underground “Hawalas” Yields 140 Arrests & 138 Indictments Nationwide

This press release from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) cites actions against two DC area residents running illegal money transfer operations. Northern Virginiastan has already reported on Louay Habbal, the Vienna resident arrested for operating an illegal money transfer business that sent $23 million to Syria. This press release also notes that on May 20, "Rahim Bariek, 46, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Afghanistan and resident of Herndon, Virginia, pleaded guilty in Alexandria to operating an unlicensed money transmittal business that wired millions of dollars to Iran, Pakistan, and areas in Afghanistan under the control of the Taliban between 2001 and 2003."

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