NYC: Lawyers to Be Arraigned Today on Federal Charges after Attack on Police

Urooj Rahman prepares to throw a Molotov cocktail. Gee I wonder where she learned her bomb making skills. Nice face covering (just saying). Photo: https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/ny-brooklyn-lawyer-molotov-photo-20200601-g67rmev3oram7mcd4sxsu5tepu-story.html

 

***Update***  Bomb throwers to be released on bond against wishes of federal prosecutors.

One of the lawyers charged with hurling Molotov cocktails at a police cruiser is a 32-year-old Princeton educated lawyer and his partner in (alleged) crime is a 31-year-old “human rights” lawyer and activist who worked on refugee issues in Turkey.

Here is a bit of the news from the NY Post:

Accused Molotov cocktail hurler is Ivy League-educated lawyer, community board member

A Ivy League-educated lawyer and member of a Brooklyn community board was among those arrested for hurling a Molotov cocktail at a marked NYPD vehicle amid George Floyd protests, it was revealed Sunday.

Colinford King Mattis at his graduation from NYU law school. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/31/nyregion/nyc-protests-lawyer-molotov-cocktail.html

Colinford Mattis, 32, was allegedly behind the wheel of a tan minivan as his passenger, fellow attorney Urooj Rahman, allegedly hurled the incendiary at an empty NYPD vehicle outside the 88th Precinct station house in Fort Greene early on Saturday.

Mattis, a graduate of Princeton University and New York University law school, is an associate at corporate Manhattan firm Pryor Cashman.

[….]

Rahman, 31, meanwhile, is also registered as an attorney in New York state, who was admitted to the bar in June 2019 after graduating from Fordham University School of Law. It was not immediately clear on Sunday whether she was affiliated with any law firm.

It’s unclear how she and Mattis know each other.

The Brooklyn residents are federally charged with causing damage by fire and explosives to a police vehicle, during demonstrations over the death of George Floyd.

Thanks to a reader for a tip! I bet there is so much more to be learned about this pair.

Fordham Law School has this glowing write-up for new American Ms. Rahman:

Urooj Rahman ’15 worked with the Refugee Solidarity Network (RSN) and Refugee Rights Turkey (RTT), which, through their legal work, assist and empower refugees fleeing Turkey. Urooj provided direct services to asylum-seekers at the Center for Refugee Rights in Istanbul. As a foreign lawyer in Turkey, she lent her legal assistance mostly to non-Syrians going through the UNHCR refugee status determination procedure. She also served several months in New York with RSN, using her direct service experience to inform her contribution to international advocacy and awareness-raising initiatives.

I’ll try to come back to this story, but after being away, and then due to a storm losing internet service for days, I’ve got a lot of catching up to do!

Couple Rips Off Medicaid to Fuel Lavish Lifestyle, Indicted Wednesday!

‘This case represents one of the most brazen and egregious cases of home health Medicaid fraud ever seen in this district [N Carolina].’

(US Attorney Robert J. Higdon Jr)

 

The UK Daily Mail, masters of such news, has the disgusting story replete with photos to make your head explode and a juicy title published here on Wednesday.

Thanks to Judy for spotting it as I am just home from a happy family duty and am farther behind than usual with reading and writing.

‘Gluttonous’ Vegas couple ‘stole identities of dead people to defraud Medicaid of $13m’ which they blew on a private jet, luxury cars, designer clothes and vacations which they bragged about in tacky online videos

A Las Vegas couple have been accused of stealing $13million from Medicaid to fund a lavish lifestyle that included a private jet, luxury cars, jewelry and clothes.

Latisha and Timothy Harron bought expensive cars, real estate, a private jet and pricey vacations.  They also bought gym equipment which clearly did not benefit Latisha, by ripping off US taxpayers!

 

Latisha and Timothy Mark Harron worked together to carry out a ‘massive fraud’ on the North Carolina Medicaid program, according to a press release from the Department of Justice issued on Wednesday.

The couple, who were arrested on Wednesday, allegedly did this by billing the government for what the Department described as ‘fictitious home services’.

They are accused of spending Medicaid money on a British Aerospace Bae 125-800Acosting private jet that cost $900,000, ‘thousands of dollars of gym equipment’ and properties in North Carolina.

‘Stealing taxpayer money from a health care program designed to care for the poor and disabled just to bankroll a private jet and other luxury products – as alleged in this case – is reprehensible,’ said Special Agent in Charge Derrick L. Jackson of the HHS Office of Inspector General.

Here is how they did it!

In 2012, Harron – who also goes by Latisha Reese Holt – moved to Maryland from North Carolina. There, she is said to have continued to bill NC Medicaid as though she was providing services to real North Carolina recipients.

The indictment then alleges that Latisha moved to Las Vegas in May 2017 to live with Timothy Harron. The two got married in 2018.

Timothy had a prior conviction which he concealed on NC Medicaid enrollment documents.

The couple then worked together to fraudulently bill the Medicaid program for more than $10 million between 2017 and 2019, according to the press release.

The DOJ said the couple searched through obituaries to find people in North Carolina who had recently died.

They then allegedly found out whether those people had a Medicaid ID number using an eligibility tool accessible only to Medicaid providers.

They then used it to bill Medicaid for ‘fictitious services’ it claimed to have provided before their deaths, the DOJ said.

Go here to see the many photos and sickening details of their alleged theft.

It’s a good thing that the couple was so dumb to post photos of their largesse on line giving the Daily Mail such a titillating story.

If found guilty they could spend decades behind bars with surely lots and lots of gym time provided!

As I have said before, the Trump team should be broadcasting these successful busts far and wide as the 2020 election approaches.

TX Naval Base Shooter was Syrian Jihadist, See How He Became a New American

First, here is an account of what happened on Thursday.

From WFXR-TV:

Group: Texas naval base shooter voiced support for clerics

The suspect killed during what the FBI is calling a “terrorism-related” attack at a Texas naval air base voiced support for hardline clerics, according to a group that monitors online activity of jihadists.

This undated handout photo provided by Del Mar College, Texas, shows Adam Alsahli’s image for his student identification card.

The attack Thursday at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi wounded a sailor and left the gunman dead. The gunman was identified on Friday by the FBI as 20-year-old Adam Salim Alsahli of Corpus Christi. He had been a business major at a local community college.

The gunman tried to speed through a security gate at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, opening fire and wounding the sailor, a member of base security, U.S. officials told the AP. But she was able to roll over and hit a switch that raised a barrier, preventing the man from getting onto the base, the officials said.

Other security personnel shot and killed the attacker.

More here.

 

So, if you are guessing it was a student visa that permitted him to be living among us, you would be wrong.

Todd Bensman, writing at the Center for Immigration Studies describes one more way that our immigration system is too loose making us vulnerable to those arriving here from Islamic regions of the world and wishing to harm us.

A new national security vulnerability

The Syria-born attacker killed Thursday morning during an apparent jihad-inspired attack on a Texas naval air station was neither a resettled refugee nor an asylum-seeker who slipped through security vetting. Instead, CIS has learned that he fell under an immigration category unusual for foreign-born extremists who have attacked inside the United States.

Adam Alsahli, 20 at the time of his death Thursday, was already a U.S. citizen when he moved from the Middle East to Corpus Christi, Texas, in 2014 with his mother (and likely several siblings) at the height of the Syrian civil war, by virtue of his father’s American citizenship, according to two sources familiar with the family’s immigration status.

The attacker’s 75-year-old father, Salim Alsahli, became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1984, the sources told CIS, and subsequently seems to have sired a family back in Syria that included Adam Alsahli’s birth in 1999.

Although his children and their mother were born in and resided in the Middle East, the father’s U.S. citizenship conferred U.S. citizenship on Adam Alsahli, since he properly registered a declaration at a U.S. embassy or consulate office overseas. That apparently happened with Adam Alsahli because by the age of three, in the year 2002, he was granted an American passport that was repeatedly renewed over the years, sources said.

In 2014, at the height of the civil war inside Syria, Adam and at least his mother moved to the United States. The mother is currently a legal permanent resident who has a pending application for U.S. citizenship, the sources said.

With an American citizen father anchored inside the United States, Adam Alsahli, his siblings, and their mother would not have entered any refugee resettlement pipeline, nor would they have had to apply for asylum, processes that would have required fairly extensive security vetting. Adam Alsahli, then about 15 years old, would have been moved right to the front of the line with almost no security vetting; likely the same would have been true of his mother and siblings.

Little is known at this point about Alsahli’s interest in Islamic extremist theology or connections to foreign groups, as the FBI continues an investigation. Nor is it yet known where the family was living prior to entering the United States in 2014.

To learn more continue reading.

Having Problems at Facebook, Twitter and Google? Thank the SPLC!

“The SPLC routinely smears conservatives and other critics of left-wing identity politics because that’s how the group makes money.”

(Author Peter Hasson)

 

Most of you know that, but just in case, the Capital Research Center posted a nice little update story of where thing stands with the Southern Poverty Law Center after it was forced to give the boot to its longtime leader Morris Dees.

(See my SPLC files here, and at RRW here.)

The article features Peter Hasson’s new book with the great cover—The Manipulators—about how Big Tech often uses the SPLC to police speech.

Embarrassment About SPLC Should Be Shared by Others (II)

After the nonprofit Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in Montgomery, Ala., fired its founder Morris Dees and publicly admitted that he mistreated people—reportedly on the basis of race and sex—we wrote last June about how some embarrassment surrounding that which occurred there should probably be shared by other organizations who relied on the discredited group’s work for longer than they should have. At the time, these groups included GuideStar, Charity Navigator, and the Amalgamated Foundation—which purport to provide information that can be used to evaluate the quality of nonprofits, like SPLC.

Daily Caller News Foundation senior investigative reporter Peter J. Hasson’s new The Manipulators: Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Big Tech’s War on Conservatives reminds us of yet others who should perhaps share in the embarrassment, as well.

For many years, as Hasson overviews, the high-profile SPLC has liberally used its “hate-group” and “extremist” designations to unfairly label conservative groups and individuals, as it was engaging in questionable financial practices and fundraising tactics. After Dees’ departure, public scrutiny was more widely brought to bear on its behavior.

It is over a year since Michelle Obama pal Tchen was brought in to write a report about the Dees affair. https://fraudscrookscriminals.com/2019/04/08/on-the-southern-poverty-law-center-too-late-for-tina-send-in-the-irs/

As part of that scrutiny, more than a few former SPLC employees and journalists from the Montgomery Advertiser reported that SPLC’s longtime tacit acceptance of Dees’ behavior was always something of an open secret.

After the scandal, SPLC retained attorney and onetime Michelle Obama chief of staff Tina Tchen, to conduct an investigation into what had been going on there. The work of Tchen—who many believe tried to influence the Cook County (Ill.) State’s Attorney earlier last year to drop 16 felony charges of disorderly conduct against Jussie Smollett for his fraudulent allegation of a racist, anti-gay attack—has not been open. There has been no “Tchen report” (or summary of one) released by SPLC, at least as of this writing.

“The SPLC is a once-respected discrimination watchdog that has long since devolved into a smear-mongering fundraising mill,” according to Hasson, and now often assists Big Tech campaigns to police speech.

“The SPLC routinely smears conservatives and other critics of left-wing identity politics because that’s how the group makes money,” he observes. “Ultra-wealthy leftists write massive checks to the SPLC to demonstrate their wokeness because the SPLC is to identity politics what Planned Parenthood is to abortion.” In fact, “SPLC’s fear-mongering is a lucrative operation, and one that’s tax-exempt to boot. The SPLC has more than $400 million in assets, including a cool $90 million stashed in offshore funds”—a number that The Washington Free Beacon reports is now $162 million.

Read it all.

This post is filed in my Charity Fraud category.

Massachusetts: New American Doc Charged in Strangulation Death of Wife

I saw the story first a few days ago at the UK Daily Mail which as usual was ahead of most of the local Boston news stories.

Surgeon arrested for murdering his missing wife in Massachusetts whose remains are found near their home two days after she went missing

A surgeon was arrested and charged with the murder of his wife whose remains were found in an outdoor area near the home they shared in Massachusetts after she went missing earlier this week, authorities said.

Tuerk and McLean appear to be enjoying an Oktoberfest gathering in a photo obtained by the Daily Mail.

Ingolf Tuerk, 58, was accused of killing his wife Kathleen McLean, 45, whose remains were found in an outdoor area near their Valley Road home in Dover late Saturday. How she died was not disclosed.

McLean, who was last seen in her home, had been missing since Thursday. By Saturday, Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey’s office issued a statement calling McLean’s disappearance ‘suspicious’ and said an investigation was underway.

The surgeon, born in Germany, had earlier this year been dismissed from St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center over allegations of falsely billing Medicaid, says the Daily Mail.

Read it all yourself.

I’ve now spent way too much time reading subsequent news accounts of how the controlling Tuerk behaved in the months leading up to the strangulation death of his new wife.

By the way, he has two teenage children and she has three according to some reports.

Here is a column from the Boston Globe that gives us some additional insight into the truly disgusting story that hopefully serves as a warning to women whether they are 45 years old like Katie McLean or 17 like that poor girl decapitated by a sicko in Sweden.

They were a couple of healers. Now one is charged with murdering the other

They got married in Las Vegas 11 days before Christmas.

Fifty-one days later, he was out of their house in Dover.

She filed for divorce two months after their wedding.

Three months after that, she was dead.

In five months, from the moment Kathleen “Katie” McLean said “I do,” to the moment State Police divers found her body Saturday in a pond near the home she shared with her husband Dr. Ingolf “Harry” Tuerk, her marriage and life dissolved into a disturbing text-book case of domestic violence.

Even after her husband choked her, even after filing charges against him, even after filing for divorce, Katie McLean took him back and tried to reconcile. Maybe because, as survivors of domestic violence in their desperation sometimes hope, she thought that might get him to stop hurting her.

She withdrew her divorce papers. She asked Norfolk County prosecutors to drop the conditions that kept her husband out of their home, but Assistant District Attorney Michael Pirrello refused and two judges agreed with him. But when she withdrew the restraining order, Tuerk was back in.

Now prosecutors, who carry the sobering knowledge that men who choke their wives in a fit of rage don’t change overnight, will try Harry Tuerk for the strangulation murder of his wife.

Despite their age difference, Tuerk, 58, and McLean, 45, had something in common. They were healers. He was a renowned urologist, an especially prolific surgeon. She was a practitioner of Reiki, a non-invasive alternative approach that stimulates the body’s natural healing process.

At 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, Tuerk was an Olympic athlete for his native East Germany and remained an imposing figure, towering over his colleagues during surgeries, which, according to a 2004 Globe profile, he performed in bare feet while blasting classic rock.

But, after Tuerk’s career ended abruptly, what might be seen as quirky behavior could also manifest itself as controlling, such as his refusal to tell his wife the code for their home’s thermostat. According to police, after McLean took out a restraining order, Tuerk remotely dropped the temperature in the house to 54 degrees.

More here.  That last bit I highlighted speaks volumes.

Question: Do restraining orders ever work?