Islamic supremacist attempts to play the Muslims-are-always-victims card. Islamic supremacists always portray themselves as victims, and never take responsibility for any wrongdoing.
Said his lawyer: "If he was a Catholic priest, he would have never been charged."
Ohio priest starts prison sentence for tax fraud -- Associated Press, November 3, 2012
STOCKTON - The imam of the Islamic Center of Stockton was sentenced to a year in prison Thursday for property tax fraud charges, a conviction that likely means he will be deported.
A federal jury in October found that 47-year-old Saeed Ur Rahman of Stockton failed to pay taxes on the sale of a property several years ago.
His defense attorney said, however, the case was a ploy to get Rahman deported to Pakistan because he was the target of an unjustified anti-terrorism probe that yielded nothing more than a tax mistake.
But federal prosecutors said Rahman attempted to pass the property sale as a "like-kind exchange," a tax break allowed for property owners who may use the money from one property sale to buy another property. Rahman was found to have used it falsely in 2004 to avoid paying taxes.
And in 2005, Rahman fraudulently reported another property had been his personal residence for two years to avoid paying sales taxes on it, but authorities found out he actually only owned it for seven months, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Rahman's attorney, Sacramento-based Mark Reichert, said the Islamic leader was prosecuted because of his origin and his religion.
"He was never given an opportunity to file an amendment," Reichert said. "They just charged him with a crime because it's a deportable offense.
"If he was a Catholic priest, he would have never been charged."