“During the sale of a sniper rifle to the FBI source, Amjad Hamed bragged how he could transport weapons to the middle of Lebanon and had access to at least 10 M-16 fully automatic rifles.”
An update on this story. “Extortion, Guns and Visa Fraud: Springfield man sentenced to 18 months for conspiracy to commit fraud, transporting illegal firearm,” by Ken Moore in the Alexandria Gazette Packet, March 2 (thanks to Angie):
A three-year FBI investigation into extortion, gun distribution and visa and marriage fraud concluded with the sentencing of a seventh and final defendant in U.S. District Court in Alexandria Friday, Feb. 27, 2009.
The FBI investigation began in 2005 when Springfield resident, Amjad Mustafa Hamed, 32, attempted to purchase six U.S. visas from an FBI source to put on six Palestinian Authority passports smuggled into the United States, according to Joseph Persichini Jr., assistant director in charge of the FBI Washington Field Office.
Hamed, a lawful permanent resident, told the FBI source that he had six associates who wished to emigrate, and that was “only the beginning.” If the source were successful, Hamed promised his connections would make the source a millionaire, according to Persichini.
Amjad Mustafa Hamed was sentenced to 18 months in prison for conspiracy to transport an illegal firearm and conspiracy to commit visa fraud.
During the sale of a sniper rifle to the FBI source, Amjad Hamed bragged how he could transport weapons to the middle of Lebanon and had access to at least 10 M-16 fully automatic rifles.
Ibrahim Fadel Hamed, 28 of Alexandria, told the source that he was the one who obtained the weapons and promised that he could “get more and better guns,” according to Persichini. Ibrahim Hamed was sentenced to 10 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to transport an illegal firearm….
Sameh Ibrahim, 51 of Alexandria, was sentenced to 10 months in prison for conspiracy to bribe a customs agent and immigration fraud for involvement in a fraudulent marriage.
Sameh Ibrahim is a citizen of Egypt illegally in the United States, according to Persichini, as well as his son, Ayman Ibrahim, 22 of Alexandria, who was sentenced to four months in prison for helping his father’s marriage fraud. Basem Ibrahim, 20, was sentenced to five months for assisting his father.
Mohammed Jameel Abdelazez, 46 of Alexandria, a lawful permanent resident, was sentenced to three years probation for conspiracy to bribe a federal agent, after attempting to arrange for a source to bribe a customs official….