Saturday, September 04, 2010
The criminal investigation of Sharif and Sammy El-Gamal SOHO Properties directors and the Ground Zero Mosque Developers has exposed a trail of theft, fraud, tax evasion and strong arm tactics that would make any “goodfellas” proud, Mafia wannabe’s.
Information from clients in New York City reveals that Sharif and Sammy El-Gamal of SOHO Properties continually duck any requests to return apartment deposits that were supposed to be kept in escrow, these deposits range in value from $3,800 to $6,200. Sharif and Sammy El-Gamal of SOHO Properties have even attempted to intimidate clients to keep quiet about the non return of deposits, but it appears that the New York State Division of Licensing real estate has been investigating several complaints.
NY POST…One of the money men behind SHARIF EL-GAMAL, the developer of the Ground Zero mosque, was sued for allegedly ripping off an insurance company for nearly $1.8 million, according to court documents. Hisham Elzanaty, who owns medical companies that operate out of a building in The Bronx, allegedly billed State Farm for unnecessary tests related to automobile accidents that would maximize the insurance payout, the papers say. According to the documents, which were filed in 2007, the suspected scheme may have begun as early as 1998. Hisham Elzanaty, who was reportedly a “significant investor” in mosque developer Sharif el-Gamal’s $4.8 million purchase of the former Burlington Coat Factory building, was also ordered to repay $331,000 after an audit showed Medicaid had overpaid him.
Sharif El-Gamal, the enforcer, appears to be the muscle in this Mafia wannabe crew with multiple arrests for assault.
FROM THE DAILY BEAST… Court records from Florida to New York state reveal that Sharif and his younger brother, Samir “Sammy” El-Gamal, 35, a partner with him in his company SoHo Properties, both have a history replete with intersections with tax and debt issues, dating back to at least 1994 and continuing into this year. In one case, a NYPD officer arrested Sharif in 1994 for “promoting prostitution.” (He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of disorderly conduct.) In another instance, Sharif told a court he didn’t hit a tenant from whom his brother and he were trying to collect back rent. He said to police, the tenant’s “face could have run into my hand.”
“The New York state licensing services division, which oversees real-estate agents, is investigating Sharif and his company, SoHo Properties. “We have an open investigation based on a complaint,” the spokesman, Joel Barkin, said. According to the complaint, according to people familiar with the case, Taylor Lukof, a 20-something partner at Toro Trading LLC, a New York firm, gave Sharif and his brother $6,200 that was supposed to be kept in escrow for an apartment. When the apartment didn’t come through, Lukof asked for the money back, the people familiar with the complaint said, and was promised the money, but he hasn’t received any money. Jack Billelo, district manager at the licensing services division, is overseeing the investigation. Lukof declined to comment. Sharif has declined to be interviewed”.
“The New York Post reported that Sharif and SoHo Properties are “tax deadbeats,” owing $224,270.77 in back property taxes on the site, and that a Sharif company “failed to pay its half-yearly bills in January and July.” (An El-Gamal spokesman told the Post the taxes had been paid.) On the trail of the El-Gamal brothers is a Sarasota, Florida, private investigator, Bill Warner, whose interest got piqued when he started getting phone calls last month from New Yorkers saying that the whole story about Sharif wasn’t out. Warner is posting his findings on his website and sharing it with the media. Bill Warner provided me with leads that allowed me to see more clearly the trail of troubles that lies in Sharif’s wake. Sarasota private investigator Bill Warner also provided NY Fox News 5 reporter Charles Leaf with all his Shairf El-Gamal leads.”
Following is one of many emails (and phone calls) that I received from Fox News 5 New York reporter Charles Leaf prior to his run up to the Sharif El-Gamal “interveiw”.
From: Charles Leaf [mailto: Charles.Leaf@FOXTV.COM ]
Sent: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 5:12 PM
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Bill Warner
Subject: Re: El-gamal
Wow! Bill, thank you so much. Great stuff. How do I get in touch with the guy who has the video on his laptop? Do you have a number for him?
Thanks so much. Please tell your sources I will do everything in my power to protect them and their identities. In terms of the video, if I could at least see it (not necessarily air it) that would be a big first step. Do you know when this rally took place? The NYPD may have shot the rally and my sources could help dig it up.
I look forward to working with you.Best,
WNYW-TV FOX 5 News
205 E. 67th Street
New York, NY 10065
Park51 developer Sharif El-Gamal, the enforcer, has a history of run-ins with the law,” including pleading guilty in 1994, 1998, and 1999 to disorderly conduct in Manhattan, as well as pleading guilty to disorderly conduct in 1990, a DWI in 1992, and attempted petit larceny in 1993 in Nassau County, N.Y., Details were unavailable, but a source confirmed a 1994 arrest for patronizing a prostitute.
Sharif el-Gamal, the enforcer, most recent arrest was for a Sept. 10, 2005, assault on a barber who sublet a Manhattan apartment from El-Gamal’s brother, Sammy. The brothers and another man went to the apartment that afternoon to retrieve back rent from Mark Vassiliev, criminal and civil court records show. El-Gamal allegedly cursed at Vassiliev, called him the Arabic curse word “sharmouta” and punched him in the face, breaking his nose and cheekbones. When he was arrested, El-Gamal denied he socked Vassiliev, but conceded, “[Vassiliev's] face could have run into my hand,” court papers say.
According to Broward County court records, on March 3, 1999, Hollywood, Florida, police arrested Sammy, then 25, for “theft/to deprive,” a misdemeanor. Later that year, Sammy pleaded guilty, and Judge Sharon Zeller fined him $143 and required him to attend a “substance-abuse through education” course. Just two years ago, during the summer of 2008, the court filed “financial obligation suspension” papers for Sammy’s failure to pay his fine.
EXCLUSIVE Sammy El-Gamal, Ground Zero Mosque Developer, Arrested in Tampa Fl on Shoplifting Charge See His Booking Photo. August 31, 2010 – Posted by private investigator bill warner. In 2000, Sammy M. El-Gamal one of the Directors of SOHO Properties te developer of the Ground Zero Mosque, was arrested for shoplifting in Tampa Fl he had been working as a waiter for Mis En Place restaurant in Tampa.
Sammy El Gamal, a partner in the firm that purchased the former Burlington Coat Factory at 45 Park Place and one of four directors of a nonprofit created to build the mosque, owes NY state $22,400 in taxes. NY State records show three warrants issued to him, including a $19,895 bill in 2007. Asked about the taxes, he said, “I don’t think that it concerns you. Have a nice day.”
TAMPA TRIBUNE CONFIRMS PI BILL WARNER’S FINDINGS…September 1st 2010, Man behind mosque near ground zero once arrested in Tampa. One of the developers of the controversial Islamic center and mosque being proposed for downtown Manhattan two blocks from ground zero was arrested in Tampa in 2000. For stealing panty hose. On May 7, 2000, Sammy El-Gamal – who told Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies that he was a server at the restaurant Mise En Place at the time – walked into the women’s lingerie department at the Walmart at 2701 E. Fletcher Ave. He opened a box of European Luxury Collection large black panty hose, took them out of the box and stuffed them into his right front pants pocket, according to an arrest report.
Sharif and Sammy El-Gamal of SOHO Properties, Mafia wannabe’s.
Bill Warner Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM