Investigators found evidence of 442 refund chucks deposited in accounts controlled by Abjeljalil in an eight-month span in 2010, according to federal court documents. Abjeljalil, who was in court Wednesday for his brother’s sentencing hearing on a weapons offense, was arrested in the lobby of the federal courthouse on a federal complaint out of Virginia. The complaint accuses him of bank fraud, structuring cash transactions to evade federal reporting requirements, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government and entering into a fraudulent marriage for immigration fraud.
Authorities say they were investigating Khawaja when agents saw two guns in his store, Main Street Groceries, also referred to as Tony’s Groceries. Khawaja was sentenced Wednesday to 37 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a weapon. Federal prosecutors wouldn’t say why Khawaja is not facing tax fraud charges because, they said, they don’t discuss ongoing investigations.
“It is not a coincidence that undercover officers went into Tony’s Groceries that day,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Mandy Riedel told U.S. District Judge William J. Castagna during Khawaja’s sentencing hearing. “Mr. Khawaja has been a scourge of this community for many years … a known perpetrator of fraud on this community long before we went in undercover.” MORE FROM THIS SOURCE…
According to Lance Newman, Florida Department of Law Enforcement special agent in charge and, Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee, RDSTF co-chairs, intelligence collected by law enforcement agencies throughout the United States indicated that the proceeds from the sale of stolen property, particularly cigarettes and baby formula in convenience stores, have allegedly been forwarded to foreign groups associated with funding terrorist organizations.
Cigarette Smugglers in St. Louis, New York City, Charlotte and Tampa Funnel Money to Terror Groups like Hezbollah. Tony Khawaja in Tampa Fl has an arrest record (12 times arrested) linked to the stolen cigarette scam dating back to 1999.
Co-defendant in the 2005 bust, Adil Abdel Hader, was also charged with procuring young children for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity with them.On at least four occasions, sometimes in graphic detail, Hader told undercover officers that he was interested in sex with young girls and boys and that he would be willing to pay for the arranged meetings, NICE CREW HERE……….. see 2005 article below;
Through a series of undercover operations, agents identified suspects, including Hader, who purchased stolen cigarettes at prices well below wholesale value and resold them through convenience stores whom Hader either controlled or with whom he was associated. Cigarettes totaling approximately $45,000 in value were purchased by suspects who were told they had been stolen.
SEX TRAFFICKING WITH CHILDREN; Contacts with Adil Hader also led to the revelation that Adil Hader was allegedly interested in procuring young children for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity with them. On at least four occasions, sometimes in graphic detail, Hader told undercover officers that he was interested in sex with young girls and boys and that he would be willing to pay for the arranged meetings. Adil Abdel Hader is not on the Florida Sexual Offenders and Predators Registry, “what the hell.”
SAC Newman stated that “while we are not accusing anyone of terrorist activity, we want to send a clear message that the RDSTF is proactively looking at people and businesses that engage in activities that have historically supported groups sympathetic to terrorist organizations.”
The stores he operated were: Main Street Grocery, 2117 W Main St., Tampa; Bearss Meat and Groceries, 1450 N Skipper Road, No. 48, Tampa; Price is Right Market, 4008 N 34th St., Tampa; Ybor Restaurant, 3402 N 15th St., Tampa; and Sav-Mor Market, 1900 N Rome Ave., Tampa.
The other suspects are Khaldoun Khali Khawaja, 41, of 1731 W Perdiz St., Tampa; Salim Yousef Suleiman, 43, of 8305 Mark Twain Place, Tampa; Said Ibrahim, 50, of 2531 W Cherry St., Tampa; Tariq Hammad, age and address unavailable; Victor Reyes, 27, address unavailable. All were charged with dealing in stolen property and racketeering and booked into the county jail.
KHALDOUN “TONY” KHALIL KHAWAJA was sentenced to 15 years of felony probation on the 2005 “Operation Up in Smoke” charges, see below, he got double secret probation and could care less, what a joke.
KHALDOUN KHALIL KHAWAJA
DC Number: T54822
Name: KHALDOUN KHALIL KHAWAJA
Hair Color: BLACK
Eye Color: BLACK
Weight: 135 lbs.
Birth Date: 03/28/1964
Supervision Begin Date: 03/15/2007
Current Location: TAMPA
Supervision Type: PROBATION FELONY
Scheduled Termination Date: 06/16/2022
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl at www.wbipi.com