March 15, 2007, - 11:01 am
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.
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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