Hezbollah Fundraiser Kassim Tajideen Arrested and Extradited to U.S.
Kassim Tajideen, the father of Mohamed Tajideen, was arraigned in U.S. Federal Court (Washington, D.C) last week on an 11-count criminal indictment. The man in this photo with Kim Kardashian is Mohamed Tajideen.
Kassim Tajideen was detained in March while traveling through Monaco. He was held locally for a brief time, then quietly extradited to the United States to face charges filed under a sealed indictment. The government is alleging he and his companies violated U.S. terror-related sanctions and money laundering laws. The 27-page federal indictment has been unsealed, and a copy of that is available from Tactical Rabbit.
A notorious Hezbollah fundraiser, Kassim Tajideen, is also known as Haj Kassim, Big Haj, Big Boss, Qasim Tajideen, Qassim Tajideen, Kassem Tajideen, Kassim Tajaldine, Kassim Taj Aldin, Kassim Taj Al-Din, Kassimtaj Al-dine and Kassim Tajadin.
The U.S. has charged him with the following crimes:
18 u.s.c. § 371
50 U.S.C. § 1705(a)
(International Emergency Economic Powers Act)
31 C.F.R. § 594
(Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations)
18 u.s.c. § 2
(Aiding and Abetting and Causing an Act to Be Done)
18 u.s.c. § 1956(h)
(Conspiracy to Launder Monetary Instruments)
18 U.S.C. § 981(a)(l)
28 U.S.C. § 2461(c)
Kassim Tajideen is a 62-year-old man with a dual Lebanese-Belgian citizenship. He is the father of Mohamed Tajideen, and both men are prominently featured in the Tactical Rabbit report entitled: Kardashian Family Ties to Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) Tajideen Family Members
Mohamed Tajideen appears in photographs with both Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner.
With these charges, U.S. prosecutors are alleging that Kassim Tajideen and conspirators used new business names and misrepresented ownership to complete at least 47 fraudulent wire transfers totaling more than $27 million to unwitting U.S. vendors for illegal, unlicensed goods.
In May 2009, the U.S. Department of the Treasury identified Kassim as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) responsible for funding the terror group Hezbollah in Lebanon. These new changes stem from violating sanctions that barred him from doing business with U.S. people and companies because of his designation.
In 2010 Kassim’s brothers Husayn Tajideen and Ali Tajideen, who are his business partners through the Tajco group of companies, were also designated by the U.S. Treasury as Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT).
Immediately after the 2010 designation of Tajco as an SDGT, Husayn Tajideen changed the name of the company in Gambia from Tajco Company Limited to Grand Stores Limited. On April 19, 2012, OFAC amended its SDGT designation of Tajco to include Grand Stores as an alias of Tajco in Gambia.
After the April 2012 designation of Grand Stores as an SDGT, Husayn Tajideen reorganized the company in Gambia. He shifted business from Grand Stores to entities Sub Zero Food Company (“Sub Zero”), Shanser General Merchandise (“Shanser”), and OSS Food Stuff Import & Export Limited (“OSS”). Tajco, Grand Stores, Shanser, Sub Zero, and OSS were owned by and for the benefit of Tajideen and others.
In a 2016 U.S. Civil case (1:16-cv-00064-RВW) Kassim and three companies operated by him and for his benefit, International Crosstrade Company Limited (ICTC), Groupo Afrosfran Empreendimentos E Participacoes Sarl, and Ovlas Trading SA forfeited approximately $1.2 million in seized funds to the U.S. government. These funds were subject to forfeiture pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §§ 981(a)(1)(A), (C), and 984. This was a civil action traceable to violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977 (“IEEPA”), 50 U.S.C. §§ 1701-1706,. The case also involved violations of the Money Laundering Control Act of 1986, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1956.
ICTC, the company that had wired the seized funds, was a holding company incorporated in the United Arab Emirates and operated by Kassim Tajideen and others working on his behalf in Lebanon. ICTC maintained bank accounts in the United Arab Emirates in financial institutions known as Emirates NBD Bank PJSC, Sharjah Islamic Bank, and Mashreq Bank. ICTC was owned by and for the ultimate benefit of Tajideen and others prohibiting them from doing any U.S. business.
The following companies were mentioned in the government indictment:
Epsilon Trading FZE, SOMODEC S.A.R.L., Neptune Enterprise, Congo Stars, General Trade Company, Congo Best Food S.A.R.L., Gitex Co Ltd., Sicam Ltd., and International Cross Trade Company. Several of these businesses are outlined in the most recent Tactical Rabbit Report.
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