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Another defendant has been served in a case alleging the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, a pro-Muslim lobby previously named an unindicted co-conspirator in a federal terror-funding case, had a staff member pose as a lawyer and defraud clients.
As WND reported over the weekend,, CAIR officials were surprised at their 14th annual banquet in Washington when lawyer David Yerushalmi arranged for them publicly to be served with legal notice of the claim alleging a staff member improperly represented himself as a lawyer.
Yerushalmi represents four plaintiffs, two of whom are African-American Muslims, in the case that claims CAIR internal documents reveal hundreds of people were victimized in the fraud scheme.
The lawyer later discussed the case with WND founder and editor Joseph Farah, who was at the microphone in G. Gordon Liddy’s absence on Liddy’s regular radio program. Yerushalmi reported CAIR apparently allowed its registration as a legal entity to lapse, which would mean it is further violating the law by acting as an organization.
The man who served CAIR the legal summons and complaint was Dave Gaubatz, a private researcher who investigated the group for its connections to the Muslim Brotherhood and global jihad.
He described for WND what happened at CAIR’s banquet:
Now Gaubatz is reporting another defendant, Khalid Igbal, a former Virginia director for CAIR and now deputy director for the Adams Center in Virginia, was served with a legal summons and complaint today.
As WND reported, Yerushalmi has assembled documents from CAIR itself “which demonstrate there are at least 30 other victim-clients who paid money and were victimized by CAIR and hundreds of other victims who don’t even know they were victims.”
“The organization is no longer a valid corporation,” Yerushalmi revealed to Farah on the radio program. “The District of Columbia delisted it on Sept. 8, 2008.”
The lawyer said the organization failed to file its paperwork to continue to exist.
“They are not allowed to be operating, according to the law,” Yerushalmi said.
A spokesman for CAIR, contacted by WND for a comment, said, “Thank you and have a nice day,” and hung up on the reporter.
Islam expert Robert Spencer, a longtime critic of CAIR, told WND the lawsuit “is an extraordinarily significant action.”
“For years CAIR has used
litigation as a weapon to silence and intimidate both its critics and anyone who has advocated measures to protect Americans against jihad terror. But the convictions of various of its former officials on jihad terror-related charges, as well as Islamic supremacist statements that have come to light from some of its spokesmen, have long suggested that CAIR is quite different from what all too many in the government and the mainstream media take it to be,” said Spencer director of JihadWatch.org
further suggests that they have not hesitated to use the same tactics
they’ve used with non-Muslims against their fellow Muslims, and is an
important step in exposing this unsavory organization for what it
really is,” he said.
Another video for WND shows the delivery of the documents:
Gaubatz personally served CAIR Director Nihad Awad at the banquet while Democratic North Carolina state Sen. Larry Shaw, a CAIR national board member, was addressing the festivities.
The federal civil complaint alleges criminal fraud and racketeering against CAIR, a self-described public interest civil rights law firm. The lawsuit also names CAIR’s national leadership as individual defendants.
The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, alleges that Morris Days, the “resident attorney” and “manager for civil rights” at the now defunct CAIR MD/VA chapter in Herndon, Va., was in fact not an attorney and that he failed to provide legal services for clients who came to CAIR for assistance and who had paid for CAIR legal services.
CAIR is accused of purposefully concealing the truth about Days from their clients, law enforcement, the Virginia and D.C. state bar associations and the media. When CAIR got irate calls from clients about Days’ failure to provide competent legal services, CAIR is charged with fraudulently deceiving clients about Days’ relationship to CAIR, concealing the fact that CAIR had fired him for criminal fraud.
“The evidence has long suggested that CAIR is a criminal organization set up by the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas to further its aims of stealth Jihad in the U.S.,” Yerushalmi said referring to the fact that CAIR has been named by the federal government as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror financing trial. “But our investigation and this complaint makes clear that CAIR’s criminal activities know no bounds.”
WND previously reported CAIR allegedly defrauded a number of Muslims recently seeking help with citizenship delays and then threatened to sue them if they complained to the media, according to a security watchdog group that obtained internal CAIR documents.
CAIR, which runs 33 offices and chapters nationwide, also recently helped defeat an anti-terror plan by Los Angeles police to map the local Muslim community for extremist neighborhoods.
Critics allege CAIR is itself an extremist organization that has employed or appointed to its boards of directors and advisers an inordinate number of radical co-conspirators, suspected and convicted terrorists, and other criminals.