March 7, 2008, - 1:28 pm

Guess the Religion, Cigarette Tax Fraud Edition

By Debbie Schlussel
Thanks to the many readers who sent in this story. As usual, we know who the perpetrators are, and as usual, who they are isn’t exactly identified. You know, the “Religion of Peace” and tax fraud and cigarette smuggling and on and on and on. Hmmm . . . maybe one of these names is actually of Samoan or Hawaiian derivation. My fave is that one of these men used an alias of “Anthony Stallone.” No, he was not from the Islamic branch of Sylvester’s family (so no calls of “Allahu Akbar, Adrian!” in the very near future).
This is one of the many reasons why I’ve always been against taxes on cigarettes. They tax the working class to pay for Hezbollah and other Islamic terrorists’ activities:

A federal tax-fraud case against a group of 14 men who cheated the state of Minnesota out of $2.5 million in cigarette tax revenues ended on Thursday when the last two men likely to be punished for the fraud were sentenced to prison.


Cigarette Transfer Tax: $$$ Transferred Out of Pockets of America’s Working Class Into Pockets of Islamic Terrorists

Kamil Madfoun Al-Esawi and Musaab Fares Wazwaz were each sentenced to two years in prison and fined $500. Three more defendants remain at large overseas and are not expected to return to the United States. [DS: Shocker.]
Most of the 14 defendants belonged to four groups of brothers with the last name Wazwaz. According to the indictment, they owned 52 Twin Cities-area tobacco stores, and made numerous attempts to conceal earnings and wealth through fraudulent bookkeeping and tax returns, as well as property transfers and large cash transactions.
In addition to the men sentenced today, those who pleaded guilty to tax-fraud charges were:
* Sabry Mohamed Wazwaz: 42 months in prison, three years supervised release, restitution of $1,244,859.93.
* Tawfiq Othman Wazwaz: 42 months in prison, three years supervised release, restitution of $723,936.27.
* Kennedy Mohamed Wazwaz: 30 months in prison, three years supervised release, restitution of $720,260.37.
* Ziad Mahmoud Wazwaz: 33 months in prison, three years supervised release, restitution of $699,805.17.
* Houd Othman Wazwaz: 27 months in prison, three years supervised release, restitution of $389,369.71.
* Adel Salem: Two years in prison, three years of supervised release, restitution of $262,541.53.
* Taleb Mohamed Wazwaz: 15 months in prison, three years of supervised release, restitution of $192,754.40.
* Raed Yassin Wazwaz: One year and a day in prison, three years supervised release, restitution of $151,733.96.
* Yousef Mahmoud Wazwaz, also known as Joseph Mahmoud: Two years in prison, three years supervised release, restitution of $100,343.
The men who remain overseas are Anthony Stallone, also known as Zuhair Yassin Wazwaz, Fares Othman Wazwaz and Othman Majed Wazwaz.

Hmmm . . . “overseas” where? Why won’t they even report the name of th country? HUH?!

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I’m sure they aren’t saying which country because they don’t know. After all, they can’t find most of the people they’re looking for INSIDE the U.S., so there’s no reason to believe they’ll be able to narrow down their location world-wide.
Here’s a legal question for you. In cases like these how much of the restitution gets paid the the government? Looking at the list above this is pushing $4.4 million that’s supposed to be paid to Uncle Sam. If enforcement of this judgment is as lax as all the other enforcement up north, then I doubt the government will ever see it.

SeanM on March 7, 2008 at 1:46 pm

me being part of the wazwaz family i dont know exactly y they did this
maybe i dont know
y does it always be just because they r arab and they did a tax fraud it automaticlly has to be tied to terrorism
stop bringing religion into this
what did religion have to do with any of this

bassil wazwaz on August 22, 2010 at 3:17 pm

and i know what they did was wrong but they probably did it so the tax wouldnt be sent to isreal to kill more innocent people

wazwaz on August 22, 2010 at 3:19 pm

whoever wrote this article is a stupid person. ppl shouldnt even be replying to him or her. he or she is a complete idiot and doesnt know a clue of what they are talking about

wiwiwiw on November 29, 2011 at 9:04 pm


Not only is your careless use of slandering about a religion which hosts 1.4 billion followers worldwide, unprofessional for you, but your complete lack of grounds for your claims gives insight into your education level- assuming you even had one. Given a moment to read your “About Me” section, I’m even more surprised that you are a University of Michigan graduate and you’ve managed to produce this with said degrees? How unfortunate. This is no way defends the actions of the perpetrators listed about, only that your insensitive use of tacking on a religious label in conjunction with the perpetrators actions is ill-considered and reflects poorly on your researching skills, much less intelligence. That wasn’t an intentional ad homimen attack, but you are perpetrating prejudices onto an issue that’s been poorly researched by you and COMPLETELY lacks a religious incentive. Close-minded and ignorant aren’t the only adjectives I can think of to describe your commentary above, but it’ll do. If you had any shred of decency within you, you’d make inquiries about the case rather than hastily writing your opinion for the sake of proving you have one to suggest a modicum of intelligence. Learn to distinguish a religious faith from the actions of a few who happen to coincide with your bias prejudices- that’s the kind of ignorance that, unfortunately, contributes to societies ills and creates vacuums of violence and hatred.

For someone who went to college, you should know better.

Jenin K. on November 10, 2012 at 2:27 am

Gordon Wolfson. In 1985 he was convicted of 34 counts of mail
fraud after cheating investors out of $50 million in a real estate scam.
Five days before Wolfson’s sentencing, he paid the Israeli
vice-consul in Miami, David Mordechai, received $125,000 to arrange
to get him on an El Al flight to Israel. He was sentence to jail.
Eddie Antar. Head of a chain of electronics stores called Crazy
Eddie, Antar escaped to Israel and lived under the name of “David
Cohen” after a $63 million securities fraud judgment against him by
the Securities Exchange Commission.
Dov and Ayala Engel. The two fled to Israel from Brooklyn in 1998
after swindling American banks out of $100 million through their
company Kent International. (Although eventually brought to justice
in the U.S., in 2001 the New York Post noted that Dov “plans to cut
his 11-year [prison] sentence to less than half by serving time in the
Jewish state … Under a 1999 extradition-treaty amendment, he can
serve his sentence in that country [Israel], where fraud charges carry
Michael Vishedsky and Shlomo Wishedsky. These two owners
of a Brooklyn shoe store fled to Israel after committing “the largest
Medicaid fraud ever uncovered in New York state, possibly the
Ezra Murad. A diamond dealer, in 1989 he was accused of
defrauding Norway’s second largest bank of $3 million.
Samuel Dagan. An Israeli, he swindled two American banks out of $6 million. Took off to Israel, who returned him to US, because they had
no choice.
Nahum Vaskevitch. In 1994, this former head of the international
mergers and acquisitions for Merrill Lynch in London absconded to
Israel after an illegal “insider trader” scheme netted him $4 million.
Fellow conspirator David Sofer was also Israeli.
Paul Stern. Stern was indicted in 1971 for his part in a scam to
defraud insurance companies, including fake care accidents and
medical bills. Ran off to Israel..
Sholam Weiss. He was the kingpin of the “nation’s largest-ever
insurance fraud” and, along with three of his four co-defendants
(Jan Schneiderman, Jan Starr, and Keith Pound), was convicted
of “racketeering, fraud, money laundering and other charges.” Weiss
was the brains behind criminal looting the National Heritage Life
Insurance Company and was sentenced to “what is believed to be
the largest Federal prison term ever imposed” — 845 years. “Many
of the company’s 35,000-40,000 policy holders lost most of their life
savings.” Most were elderly, living in Florida. The criminal
investigation against Weiss “followed a five year criminal investigation
across nine states and led to dozens of indictments.” On October 18,
1999, Weiss skipped his $500,000 bail bond and a New York court
sentencing, thereby making the FBI’s Most-Wanted list. A reward of
$125,000 was also offered for information leading to his capture.
Weiss was alleged to be in Israel,
Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme of billions of dollars from Americans, most of his family was involved with ripping off American families.
a Tel Aviv-based banker with United Mizrahi Bank pleaded guilty to setting up secret bank accounts in Israel that, prosecutors say, helped charitable contributors to an orthodox Jewish group evade US taxes.”

A Jewish rabbi in New York, Moshe E. Zigeman, also plead guilty to his part in the scheme which the Justice Department claimed defrauded the U.S. government out of millions in taxes. I diod not even include rapes and molestation of children which is a law to do that in your Holy Books, among the killings of many.. Remember Muslims are not afraid to fight for what is theirs. look at the history… we are taking America back from the Jews. This is a Christian country.. no sympathy for no Holocaust crap.. God created Hitler to do that to you cursed people.
I can list you thousands more for Zionist Pigs and Monkeys who think they are Gods Chosen. Guess what? As the Quran and Bible say, God is going to make Jews vanish off this face of the earth. No one denies Jews are cursed by God. As of 2013 the Muslim religion is at 2.2 BILLION. Where Judaism is 0.2% which is going to dwindle to 0% according to God in the New Testament and Quran. And yes, as history repeats itself on Jews it will happen again in Israel. Iran, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, even Russia are preparing to wipe out Israhell! What God says in New Testament and Quran. You also look like miss piggy and gain so much weight… You are seen as a lunatic troll who makes no sense.. read what others who are not Muslim write and say about you. Hard to believe you even passed elementary school..

Jenna on December 29, 2013 at 9:15 pm

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