Terrorism Financier Pleads Guilty in New York Courtroom


By: Jim Kouri, CPP

Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari pleaded guilty yesterday to charges of terrorism financing and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The plea was entered in Manhattan federal court before United States District Judge Alvin Hellerstein.

According to documents obtained by the Terrorism Committee of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, including the Information to which he pleaded guilty, and statements made during legal proceedings the 56-year old Alishtari of Ardsley, New York, facilitated the transfer of $152,000, with the understanding that the money would be used to fund training for terrorists.

In the latter half of 2006, Alishtari agreed to discreetly transfer these funds for an undercover officer, believing that the money was going to be used to purchase night vision goggles and other equipment for a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan. During his guilty plea, Alishtari admitted that he sent the money from the United States knowing that the funds were to be used to help finance alleged terrorist activity in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Alishtari also pleaded guilty to stealing millions of dollars from victims through his fraudulent operation of a loan investment program he called the Flat Electronic Data Interchange or “FEDI”. FEDI was purportedly a high-yield investment program, in which he falsely promised his investors that, in exchange for their investment, they would receive high, guaranteed rates of return. Alishtari admitted that he made false representations and promises with regard to the FEDI program. He also acknowledged that a portion of the money he collected was used to pay personal expenses and for purposes other than the investment program.

Alishtari faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on the terrorism financing charge and five years in prison on the wire fraud conspiracy charge; a fine on each count of the greater of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense; and the imposition of restitution and forfeiture.

United States Attorney Preet Bharara stated: “Alishtari today admitted that he stole millions from investors and knowingly financed what he believed to be tools of terror. In enriching himself, [he] displayed a deliberate disregard for the financial and personal security of others.”

Mr. Bharara praised the work of the Joint Terrorism Task Force of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New York City Police Department, and thanked the Securities and Exchange Commission for its assistance in the investigation.


Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he’s the former editor for the House Conservatives Fund’s weblog. Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.

He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for TheConservativeVoice.Com and PHXnews.com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc.

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About The Author Jim Kouri, CPP:
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.
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