A federal complaint filed in court in New York City on December 15, 2011 seeks the assets of a number of car dealers across the U.S. in order to shut down a massive money laundering scheme the DOJ claims helped fund Hezbollah, a designated terrorist organization.
Law enforcement agents in Tulsa were at Ace Auto Mart, one of the car dealers named in the complaint, located on 11th St.in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Friday. Ace Auto was allegedly involved in wire transfers of over $20 million dollars!
Channel 6 in Tulsa reported the complaint lists Mohammad K. Soukieh & Sami H. Nasreddine as the persons on the bank accounts for Ace Auto Mart. Soukeih is also listed as the owner of the propery.
For some perspective on the magnitude of this alledged terror-funding operation, the Holy Land Foundation case involved somewhere around $12 million that was sent to Hamas. Their assets were seized in December 2001 by the U.S. ad EU. Indictments came down three years later, in 2004. The principals were convicted and sentenced up to 65 years in prison for their role in funding terrorism. The latest DOJ case alleges over $300 million was laundered in order to help fund Hezbollah!
It's not clear if the car dealer owners and managers were part of the scheme.
Read the complaint: