May 15, 2009, - 12:06 pm
Guess The Religion: We Should Be Thankful He Didn’t Poison the Water; Alien Was Ordered Deported in ’05; UPDATED
By Debbie Schlussel
**** SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATES; Read Fed Documents ****
On the one hand, this card-carrying member of the “Religion of Peace” stole $9 million from a water company. That’s bad. On the other hand, we should be happy that he didn’t poison the water . . . as far as we know.
A former water-company employee is being sought on a federal warrant on charges that he fled the country after wiring $9 million of the firm’s money into overseas bank accounts on the same day he resigned, court records show.
Abdirahman Ismail Abdi, who turns 33 on Monday, was named in a warrant alleging unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. He also faces charges of grand theft and unauthorized computer access in Santa Clara County.
Abdi resigned April 27 from his job at California Water Service Co. in San Jose. Authorities say that Abdi used a computer at the firm that evening to send $9.2 million into bank accounts in Qatar.
The transactions were later flagged as suspicious, authorities said, and the money was returned to Cal Water, a privately owned water utility with 460,000 customers in California.
Abdi fled to Canada after sending his wife and two children to Germany.
Many questions? Who is this guy? Where is he from? Somalia? The name sounds Somalian? How did he get his job at a water company? And how the heck did he get access to $9.2 mill at the company? Sounds like someone else would have to be in on all of this.
Like I said, we’re lucky he didn’t poison the water, but if he was in a position to steal $9.2 million, he was in a position to do a lot of other things.
A prediction: I’d bet the FBI–the lead agency on terrorism investigations–is involved in the investigation. Just a hunch.
**** UPDATE: There’s more on Abdi that makes you wonder how this guy got access to $9.2 million or even a job with a drinking water company. He’s an illegal alien and–I was right–from Somalia, who was ordered deported four years ago. Is this yet another example of illegal aliens “doing the job [stealing $9.2 million] that Americans just won’t do”?
Local prosecutors and police determined that Abdi has been trying to flee the country since at least May 1, when he tried to book a flight to London just days after police searched his South Bay home.
Court papers show that Abdi, 32, resigned from his job as an auditor for the San Jose water company April 27 and was spotted by a janitor returning that night to the office of a former co-worker. The following morning, water officials discovered that Abdi had engineered three wire transfers totaling more than $9 million from the company’s accounts to an account in Qatar. The accounts were frozen and the money returned to the water company, according to court papers.
But San Jose police then closed in on Abdi, finding that he had put his wife and two children on a plane to Frankfurt, Germany, on April 28. Officials believe Abdi fled the country, perhaps to Canada, on May 5, according to a letter sent last week from the district attorney’s office to San Jose federal prosecutors.
California Water Service delivers drinking water throughout the state, including Los Altos and parts of Cupertino, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View and Sunnyvale.
And here’s the money quote:
According to the same letter, Abdi is not a U.S. citizen and was ordered deported to Somalia in 2005.
The legacy of Julie L. Myers a/k/a the former “ICE Princess”–the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for most of the time since Abdi was ordered deported–keeps on giving.
Yup, let’s hear it for going after employers and not illegal alien workers.
**** UPDATE #2: Read the federal documents filed so far the in federal criminal complaint against Abdirahman Ismail Abdi. The documents, including FBI agent David M. Brown’s affidavit (told you the FBI was involved), answer a few questions, but much less than they raise. For instance, a letter from the Santa Clara District Attorney’s office to the U.S. Attorney’s office states:
Abdi had been ordered in absentia to be deported on May 15, 2005 to Somalia. ICE records indicate that he departed the US. However on May 20, 2005 Abdi attempted to reenter the US through Blaine Washington. He was denied entry.
So, how did he eventually get back into the United States, and how did he get a job with this drinking water company?
Would love to know the answers to these question, but I’ll bet we’ll never get them.
I’ll also bet that the $9 million-plus was headed for Islamic terrorist group Al-Shabaab in Abdi’s native Somalia. The FBI’s involvement here is not a coincidence.