October 18, 2012, - 2:35 pm
Is Your Gas Station Funding Hezbollah Via Tax Fraud? Convicted MI Station Owner Cousin of Hezbo Chief Nasrallah
Several years ago, I told you about the Safiedine family (also spelled Safieddine). Shi’ite Muslims from Lebanon, they own gas stations throughout the Detroit area and are related to Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah. They are also related to Hachem Safieddine, who is Iran’s designated successor to Nasrallah and currently heads Hezbollah’s seven-member governing council, the Shurah Al-Karar. This is one of the many reasons I tell readers not to buy gas at Muslim-owned gas stations. You don’t know where the Safiedines are sending their money and you wouldn’t want to support proud relatives of Hezbollah’s leadership, would you? Yesterday, Elsayed Kazem “Tom” Safiedine, one of the owners of many of those gas stations, was sentenced to 21 months in prison for his second tax fraud incident. It’s a light sentence, given that the man did this before in the 1980s.
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Safiedine defrauded the federal government of more than $1 million, by concealing $845,000 in income from Sunoco and $175,000 from a sale of a gas station. It appears, though, that the feds, failed to take into account, Safiedine’s prior similar tax fraud from the 1980s, when he spelled his first name “Kaszam” (Muslims spell their names in several ways to evade U.S. law enforcement authorities–and clearly it worked here). In that case, in the mid-1980s, Safiedine was convicted of seven counts of tax fraud for under-reporting income at three of his gas stations. He was sentenced to five years probation (11 months of it in jail) at the time, but had the chutzpah to appeal it (and lost). The sentencing memorandum filed by the IRS in his latest conviction, requesting 33 months of imprisonment, failed to mention that. As I noted, Federal Judge Patrick Duggan, yesterday, sentenced Safiedine to just 21 months in the big house.
The amount of money Safiedine defrauded from the government is unknown. This is only what he was actually caught doing. How much money did he siphon off to his relatives in Hezbollah? Of course, Safiedine’s close connections to the top leadership in Hezbollah weren’t even mentioned by the feds. Also of note, Safiedine’s relative, Yousef Safiedine, was charged in 2006 with tax fraud for under-reporting tens of thousands of dollars of rental income on his tax prep, so it runs in the family. But Yousef Safiedine managed to get his indictment dropped by pleading mental illness, with government acquiescence. So mentally ill, yet so cunning. Hezbollah members and their relatives aren’t mentally ill at all. They know exactly what they are doing. How sad that not all of us succeed in figuring that out, especially those in authority. One other thing: another relative, Jim Safiedine, who owns Safiedine Oil and a number of other Michigan gas stations, is a major donor to Michigan Republican Congresswoman Candice Miller. Alhamdillullah [praise allah].
U.S. District Judge Patrick J. Duggan sentenced Elsayed Kazem “Tom” Safiedine to 21 months in prison and Mary Fawaz to 12 months and one day in prison for tax fraud, the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today. Safiedine and Fawaz were convicted by a Detroit jury of conspiring to defraud the United States by impeding and impairing the lawful functions of the IRS.
According to evidence at trial, Safiedine was an officer and member of multiple business entities that operated and leased gasoline stations in the Detroit area. Fawaz was an officer of JSC Corporation, a business operated by Safiendine, and also served as a bookkeeper and office manager for several of Safiedine’s businesses. The evidence established that from 1998 through 2001, Safiedine and Fawaz arranged for third parties to negotiate checks from Sunoco Incorporated made payable to JSC Corporation. The checks from Sunoco, which totaled $845,000, were not properly reported to the accountant for JSC Corporation and as a result, were not included as income on JSC’s corporate tax returns filed with the IRS.
Further evidence presented revealed that Safiedine and Fawaz participated in the sale of a gasoline station owned by one of Safiedine’s businesses, MTK & KLC Partnership, during which Safiedine and Fawaz advised the accountant for MTK & KLC that the gas station sold for $175,000 less than its actual sale price, thus resulting in an understatement of income on the MTK & KLC partnership income tax return.
Is your gas station funding Hezbollah? If you don’t know who owns the gas station, you don’t know where the profits from the pump are going. And odds are good it’s not going to a good place.
Know who owns the gas pump.
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