March 15, 2007, - 11:01 am

A Wolf in Christian Clothing: Man Bilks Christians of Millions to Fund Islamic Terror

By Debbie Schlussel
I’ve written a lot over the years about Islamic charities that pretend to be raising money for the poor, but are actually deliberately funding terrorists. And I wrote about how the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints knowingly gave millions in to a front group for HAMAS.
Now, it’s mainstream Christians who have to beware where there money is going.
A man purporting to raise money in the name of Christianity and an online Biblical data exchange bilked hundreds of Canadian and American Christians and their churches out of millions of dollars and GAVE THE MONEY TO ISLAMIC TERRORISTS TO FUND A TERRORIST TRAINING CAMP IN AFGHANISTAN.

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Brian David Anderson: Bilked Christian Funds to Fund Islamic Terrorism

From the Canadian Press:

A Canadian arrested in Spain and suspected of helping finance Islamic terrorist activities has a history of trouble with Ontario and B.C. securities regulators and faces a lawsuit in Nevada that claims he targeted Christian congregations for his alleged scams.
Brian Anderson appeared before Spanish investigative magistrate Baltasar Garzon at the National Court on Tuesday and said he was not opposed to being extradited to the U.S. where he is wanted for fraud.
A website set up by investors who say they have lost money to Anderson claims the man has used Christianity and fraudulent schemes to scam hundreds of Canadian and Americans out of tens of millions of dollars.
The site, which includes links to the B.C. [British Columbia] and Ontario securities regulators proceedings against Anderson, says he is an ordained minister and self-proclaimed born-again Christian and includes pictures of Anderson and his family.
It also features a 2005 lawsuit filed against Anderson and several others in the U.S. District Court in Nevada alleging fraud, negligence and racketeering.
The lawsuit accuses Anderson of persuading investors to put their money in a Bible-based public trust that would then become a data exchange that would be backed by gold.
The lawsuit, which includes claims that have not yet been proven in court, demands $20 million from each defendant.
The 61-year-old Anderson was jailed on Saturday after he was found at a Madrid hotel by a joint operation of Spanish authorities and the FBI. An extradition request from the U.S must arrive at the Spanish court within 40 days.
The Spanish Interior Ministry said he is wanted by U.S. authorities for fraud that amounts to US$23 million and is believed to have helped finance a training camp in Afghanistan.
It said Anderson is thought to be linked to a New York businessman, Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari, 53, who was charged last month with terrorism financing, material support of terrorism and money laundering.
. . .
The B.C. Securities Commission has also accused Anderson of bilking investors of millions of dollars using a business called Frontier Assets and another investment program called the Alpha program.

Beware of where your donations are going, regardless of your religious institution.
Thanks to reader Paul for the tip.

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5 Responses

Debbie,
I’d appreciate your source for the “Latter Day Saints” comment in your opening paragraph. I’m not a Mormon, but I’m a big Romney fan and statements like that are troubling.
OOPS! I FORGOT TO LINK TO THAT. LINKED NOW. ALSO, IF YOU’RE A ROMNEY FAN, ARE YOU A FAN OF THESE COMMENTS HE MADE?:
http://www.debbieschlussel.com/archives/2006/12/quick_quiz_whic.html
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

Architect on March 15, 2007 at 12:30 pm

No worries there. Most “Mainstream Christians” like myself will have nothing to do with LDS members. We regard them as a cult and nothing they say or do has any more credibility than even the likes of Bagwan Shree Rashneesh’s followers.

MarySJ on March 15, 2007 at 1:59 pm

I don’t think the Olympics should be about the country they are held in, America or otherwise. They are an international celebration of athletic skill and each country gets to celebrate it’s collective nationalism when their flag is raised and anthem played after a win. As far as Romney refusing to have a memorial for the slain Isrealie athletes goes, it is 30 years after the despicable act was committed. The martyred Isrealie athletes indeed deserve rememberance, but the Olympic Games are supposed to bring people together, not remind them why they should hate each other. And I consider myself a “Mainstream Christian”, but I refuse to have a negative kneejerk reaction to Mormons just because they practice Christianity differently than I do.

Architect on March 15, 2007 at 2:21 pm

It isn’t correct to label LDS as Christians, and they definitely can’t be counted as mainstream ones. They are just plain LDS. Most LDS people I know label themselves very emphatically, LDS, and do not want to be counted among the other *Christians*. Which I don’t mind obliging them lol since I also think they are a cult.
I also don’t know any Christian that would give money to LDS if this chump asked for it. So if he was going after money, I’m sure he was just targeting LDS members. Still bad though and it’s best to definitely know where your money is going when you donate. I can’t imagine LDS people being ok with this as a whole. I hope they nail him good.

Highrise on March 17, 2007 at 3:51 am

Romney has said many times,in response to comments like yours, that Jesus Christ is the head of his church. If that doesn’t make him a Christian, I don’t know what does. You can torture your definition of what constitutes a “Mainstream Christian” and what constitutes a “Cult”, but it appears, at least to me, a biggoted definition. As far as Romney asking for campaign money goes, I would be more than happy if you could tell me the name (Just One) of a real presidential candidate who doesn’t!!!

Architect on March 19, 2007 at 12:11 pm

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