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Trucking jihad?

The folks at Jihad Watch first alerted us to the story of Muslim Brothers and Sisters Trucking back in September 2006.  The latest on this is from the News Leader.com, June 26, with guilty pleas all around:

A former superintendent of a truck driving school in West Plains pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a scheme that provided fraudulent commercial driver’s licenses to large numbers of Somali and Bosnian nationals, said John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

Dean P. Proffitt, 73, of West Plains pleaded guilty to the charge contained in a Sept. 20, 2006, federal indictment. Proffitt is the eighth co-defendant to plead guilty.

He admitted that from Nov. 1, 2003, to Feb. 6, 2006, he counseled and encouraged co-defendant Orbin Dale May, 64, of West Plains and others to defraud the West Plains R-7 School District.

Proffitt was the superintendent of South Central Career Center (SCCC) truck driving school in West Plains. SCCC, which is no longer in operation, was part of the West Plains R-VII School District, which had a contract with the state of Missouri to be a “third party tester” of persons seeking to take the driving portion of the Missouri Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) test. May was one of the persons Proffitt supervised at SCCC to administer the CDL driving test…..

 Co-defendant Adil Majlovic, 21, a citizen of Bosnia who resides in Kansas City, pleaded guilty on Jan. 30. Majlovic traveled to West Plains in December 2005 and participated in a scheme by May and White to simulate a driving test in order for White to obtain a CDL by fraudulent means. Majlovic also attempted to arrange for White to train students that he directed to White’s school. Majlovic had reason to believe, based upon the circumstances, that the CDL driving tests these students would take would be improperly administered by May.

Co-defendant Howard E. Schneider, 41, of Overland Park, Kan., pleaded guilty on Nov. 28, 2007. Schneider is the owner of H.E. Schneider Trucking Company in Kansas City, Kan., and involved in the operation of Muslim Brothers and Sisters. Schneider admitted that he assisted in directing individuals to SCCC in order to fraudulently obtain commercial driver’s licenses. Schneider also took the CDL driving test at SCCC on Jan. 24, 2005, and knew that the test was not legitimately administered.

Co-defendant Abdulfatah Osman Farah, 26, a citizen of Somalia living in Kansas City, pleaded guilty on Dec. 10, 2007. Farah admitted that he obtained a CDL after testing at SCCC on Dec. 28, 2004. According to the plea agreement, May administered the CDL driving test. While Farah took two of the three portions of the driving test, White drove the tractor-trailer in order to assist Farah in successfully completing the last portion of the driving test. May then certified that Farah had passed his driving test, and sent a copy of the certifying document to the Missouri Department of Revenue. Afterward, Farah assisted White in taking students to SCCC in order to obtain a CDL in the same way. On several occasions, Farah simulated a driving test with May’s assistance, in order to help those students pass the CDL test.

Co-defendant Ahmed Muhidin Sharif, 29, a citizen of Somalia living in Kansas City, pleaded guilty on Nov. 9, 2007. Sharif assisted White by transporting students from Muslim Brothers and Sisters truck driving school to SCCC, knowing that May would fraudulently administer the competency tests. Sharif made about 15 trips in which he transported 70 to 80 students of Somali descent to West Plains in order to fraudulently obtain CDLs. Sharif knew that the tests were being fraudulently administered by May, and observed May give incomplete or inadequate CDL driving tests to the students.

Co-defendant Abdiwahab Mohamud Mohamed, 39, a citizen of Somalia living in Minneapolis, Minn., pleaded guilty on Oct. 31, 2007. Mohamed, who had fraudulently obtained a CDL after purportedly testing at SCCC, directed students from the state of Minnesota to SCCC in order to obtain fraudulent CDLs. Mohamed was directed to White by an acquaintance in Minnesota who informed him that White’s school would only cost $800, as opposed to the $5,000 for a legitimate CDL school in Minnesota. White took Mohamed to SCCC, where he was tested by May. Mohamed, who had never driven a tractor-trailer prior to traveling to West Plains, drove a tractor-trailer around the parking lot at SCCC for 10 minutes. Normally the CDL test takes two hours to complete.

The article further states that “nder federal statutes, each of the co-defendants could be subject to a sentence of up to five years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000. Sentencing hearings will be scheduled after the completion of presentence investigations by the United States Probation Office.”

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July 23, 2008 - Posted by | Homeland Security, trucking | ,

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