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From Accused Terrorist To U.S. Citizen: Ali-Haimoud’s Painful Journey

Farouk Ali-Haimoud

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — He was accused of being part of terrorist cell in Detroit in the days after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He spent about 15 months in the Wayne County Jail, often in isolation. He was occasionally strip searched.

And then, he was acquitted of all charges.

Now, after the trial, the jailing, the humiliation and the close encounter with spending his life in prison, Farouk Ali-Haimoud has a new American experience:

He has become a U.S. citizen.

“I went through a lot to get that citizenship,” he said, talking on a recent Sunday afternoon at an Arabic bakery on West Warren Avenue in Dearborn. “Those were hard times, not just hard times for me, but for my family. They accused me of one of the worst crimes on the planet.”

About nine months ago, Ali-Haimoud, 32, got word from immigration authorities — just like millions of immigrants before him — that he was a U.S. citizen.

But his journey from Algeria to Detroit to U.S. citizenship, was anything but typical.

To read the whole story click here. 

Foley Named to Head FBI Office in Detroit

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Robert Foley III, a 16-year  FBI veteran with a background of cracking down on corruption, will take charge of the agency’s Detroit Division to replace Andrew Arena, who retired in May, the FBI announced.

Foley was named special agent in charge of an office that has been busy investigating public corruption cases, including the one against former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his alleged criminal enterprise.

A former aviator in the U.S. Army, Foley worked as an agent attorney in the Office of General Counsel at FBI headquarters and handled abuse of tax dollars in the public corruption unit in the Criminal Investigation Division, the Free Press reported.

Foley’s experience also includes heading a criminal enterprise effort in Phoenix.

His appointment was first reported by Deadline Detroit and ticklethewire.com.

Robert Foley Tapped to Head Up Detroit FBI

Robert Foley/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
For Deadline Detroit

Robert D. Foley, a native of Massachusetts with a law degree, who has investigated everything from counterterrorism to gangs to drugs and police corruption, will become the new head of the Detroit FBI, Deadline Detroit has learned.

Foley is currently the special agent in charge of the Administrative Division for the FBI’s Washington Field Office. He joined the FBI in 1996.

Foley replaces Andrew Arena, who retired at the end of May to become head of the Detroit Crime Commission. Todd Mayberry, the agent who served as interim head of the Detroit division after Arena left, died earlier this month due to complications from liver cancer at age 41.

A formal public announcement on the appointment of Foley has yet to be made.

To read more click here.

Acting Head of Detroit FBI Toddy Mayberry Dies at Age 41 of Liver Cancer

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Todd Mayberry, the acting head of the Detroit FBI, who was involved in some high profile cases including the “Underwear Bomber,” died Wednesday of liver cancer, the Detroit Free Press reported. He was 41.

Mayberry was recently took over the acting position as Andy Arena retired at the end of May.

The Free Press reported that he was the father of two.

To read more click here.

 

Ex-Hip Hop Mayor’s Presence Felt in Buddy’s Detroit Trial

Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick/official photo

By Allan Lengel
For Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — Ex-Hip hop Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was nowhere to be seen. He wasn’t on trial. He wasn’t in the gallery.

But his presence Tuesday was undeniable. His good buddy, contractor Bobby Ferguson, went on trial in downtown Detroit in a $12-million bid-rigging case involving a low-income housing project and allegations about money laundering and hidden safes flush with cash.

If it weren’t for Kwame, why else would the U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade have bothered to sit in on the opening statements? Why else would it generate intense press interest? Allegations against an ordinary businessman; who would pay that much attention?

Ferguson is no Bernie Madoff. He’s no Jeff Skilling, the CEO of Enron.

But he is FOK (Friend of Kwame), and in this town that’s big. Plus, it reminds us of the very shady, ugly dealings of the Kilpatrick administration and the lengthy FBI probe into city hall corruption.

To read more click here.

Column: Does Race Matter in Jury Selection? Yes, Yes, Yes!

Allan Lengel

 
 
By Allan Lengel
For Deadline Detroit

DETROIT –– Does race matter when it comes to jury selection?

Yes, yes, yes.

I can say so, at least from my first-hand experience as a juror.

But before I go there, let me explain why I bring this up.

Last week, during jury selection in the high-profile federal corruption trial in Detroit of Bobby Ferguson, a pal of ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, the defense filed a motion asking that the judge do the jury selection all over again because there weren’t enough African-Americans on the panel. The judge has yet to rule on the matter and jury selection continued on Monday.

At the same time, a prospective juror told the Detroit News that she thought she was bounced from the jury pool because she was black and her appearance (she had tattoos).

It reminded of me when I served on a jury in D.C. Superior Court in 1999.

I was a reporter at the Washington Post at the time, covering crime. The jury was composed of six blacks and six whites, all residents of D.C.

Top read more click here. 

Feds Crack Down On Medicare Fraud to the Tune of $452 Million

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — The Justice Department  on Wednesday announced that it had charged 107 people including nurses, doctors and social workers in a nationwide crackdown on Medicare fraud in seven cities involving a staggering $452 million in false billing.

As part of the crackdown, 22 people were charged in Detroit  with fraud involving about $58 million. The Detroit Free Press wrote that Detroit has become one of the nation’s “new frontiers” for Medicare fraud.

Read the press release.

Pt I: Terrorism and the American Dream

Karim Koubriti/photo Millard Berry-Deadline Detroit

In the first of three installments, Deadline Detroit tells the story of how Karim Koubriti has rebuilt his life after being wrongly convicted of terrorism. The prosecutor was indicted for subverting justice, but was acquitted.
 
By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — Enthusiastic and ambitious, Karim Koubriti came to America from Morocco in search of opportunity when he was 22 years old. He was the son of educators, and he studied French law for a time, though he hadn’t graduated. He had a certain sophistication.

Still, his intelligence and savoir faire could hardly have prepared him for what was to come nearly a year after arriving in the United States.

Six days after Sept. 11, 2001, FBI agents came knocking at his door on Norman Street on Detroit’s west side.

Koubriti had returned home from work by 5 p.m Two of his roommates were sleeping. He had just taken a shower.

He heard the knocking and somebody screaming: “Nabil, Nabil Nabil.”

The agents were looking for a man named Nabil al-Marabh. There was a sense of urgency. Nabil had lived at the address a year earlier, but moved out before Koubriti and his roommates had moved in.

To read the full story click here.