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Texas Couple Accused of Funneling Money to Iran
Fox News ^ | 12/17/2010 | Fox News

Posted on 12/17/2010 5:37:03 PM PST by Dallas59

A Texas couple and the head of an Oregon charity secretly sent millions of dollars to an Iranian bank and to a contact in Iran for nine years, violating the U.S. embargo on the Middle East country, according to a federal indictment.

The indictment describes an alleged scheme in which the Texas couple got tax exemptions for their donations to the Portland-based Child Foundation charity. The head of the charity, Mehrdad Yasrebi, allegedly funneled money that was meant for food and other assistance to his cousin and to a bank controlled by the Iranian government.

Working through Iranian corporations and banks in Switzerland and Dubai, the Texas couple and Yasrebi's cousin masked their transfers by using food shipments and other commodities to cover financial donations intended for a sister charity in Iran run by the cousin, federal prosecutors say.

"These defendants are charged with going to extraordinary lengths to conceal the transfer of large sums of money in violation of the Iranian embargo," Dwight Holton, the U.S. Attorney for Oregon, said in a statement Thursday.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: amish; duplicate; iran; methodist
Child Foundation Statement:

For 16 years, Child Foundation’s mandate has been to deliver all donations to their intended and

appropriate recipients: children in need. Despite the enormous difficulties created by the U.S. and Iranian Governments, Child Foundation is committed to delivering all donated money to needy children as intended by our donors.

Working with partner organizations in Iran, the Child Foundation has provided non-political, non-religious aid by sponsoring 12,000 children since we began operations in 1994. Today, with the support of our sponsors, the Child Foundation is responsible for feeding nearly 3,000 children within Iran’s borders.

These Iranian children are from the most vulnerable parts of society, who are aware and appreciate that each month, families in the United States provide them with the food and education they need to carry on their lives. The intended influence of Child Foundation’s aid in support of civil society in Iran—and not the Iranian government—is in direct accordance with the ideas advocated by President Obama in his famous Cairo speech. The U.S. sanctions on the Iranian government have greatly limited the acceptable forms of humanitarian work that may be supplied in conformity with U.S. law. As a U.S. charitable organization, Child Foundation is committed to providing humanitarian aid to our Iranian sponsorees in accordance with the law.

We assure our supporters that our organization is strong and healthy in spite of serious challenges posed by Child Foundation’s decision to reach a plea agreement with the U.S. government.

The charges involve certain actions of our founder that, he admits, did not comply with U.S. law. These problems happened some time ago. Child Foundation’s board, which no longer includes our founder, remains committed to the appropriate and lawful delivery of your donations to their intended destination. With your help, Child Foundation will have the resources to continue its important work.

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Child Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that was founded in 1994. Child Foundation’s mission as a humanitarian organization is to help children living in poverty to remain in school. Since 1994, Child Foundation has provided basic necessities to children living in poverty or hardship enhancing the quality of the life for these children as well as their respective families.

By providing access to education, Child Foundation hopes to eliminate children prematurely leaving school, and in certain countries, early matrimony.

Child Foundation is actively working to support three of the United Nations 2015 Millennium Development Goals: to eradicate poverty, to achieve universal primary education and to promote gender equality in the classroom. Child Foundation currently assists thousands of children located in Iran, Afghanistan and Indonesia.
1 posted on 12/17/2010 5:37:09 PM PST by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59

2 posted on 12/17/2010 5:41:10 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: Dallas59
Texas couple?

Like this?

Or this?

Because really, the first thing I think of when I hear "texas couple", is not this:

3 posted on 12/17/2010 5:46:08 PM PST by Christian Engineer Mass (Leftys who zone in on Palin miss the point. America's not about single figures. That's for NK/Cuba.)
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To: Dallas59

So I am a bid confused. Is Child Foundation a real charity?
Does it really help children? Or is it a terrorist front? What?

4 posted on 12/17/2010 6:12:25 PM PST by Wile E Coyote Genius (IQ 206....more than all Democrats combined)
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The head of the charity, Mehrdad Yasrebi,

Oh yeah, Mehrdad Yasrebi, of the old Texas Yasrebi family, fought and died at the Alamo...

Who do these double-digit IQ journolistas think they're fooling?

Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

5 posted on 12/17/2010 7:26:07 PM PST by The Comedian (Government: Saving people from freedom since time immemorial.)
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“Texas couple?” Foreign born Muslims, more likely. We need to stop importing such people into our country. Every one is a potential security risk.

6 posted on 12/17/2010 10:39:43 PM PST by Godwin1
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