Executive Director of Islamic Charity With Ties to Bin Laden Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy Charges

Mubarak Hamed, 53, has pled guilty in a federal courtroom to participating in a conspiracy to transfer over $1 million to Iraq, a violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA).  Hamed pled guilty to charges of conspiracy, false statements, and violation of the IEEPA.

Hamed, a naturalized U.S. Citizen, was the executive director of the American Relief Agency (IARA), an Islamic organization formed in 1985.  The organization was a charity used to raise donations to help the African famine crises.  The IARA was closed in October of 2004 when it’s parent organization, the Islamic Relief Agency, was flagged as a global terrorist organization, accused of providing financial support to Osama Bin Laden, Al-Qaida, and the Taliban regime. 

Hamed was charged with conspiracy, theft of public funds, money laundering, and IEEPA violations in January of 2008.  Hamed admitted to illegally transferring money to Iraq through a Sudanese man the government later identified as a global terrorist.  Hamed said he transferred roughly $1.2 million illegally.

Hamed will face up to 20 years in federal prison with no eligibility for parole.  Additionally, he will have fines totaling up to $1.5 million.  Ali Mohamed Bagegni, 56, and Ahmad Mustafa, 57, have both pled guilty for their role in the conspiracy already.  All three defendants were in the country legally while they committed the crimes for which they have pled guilty.

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