Federal Lawsuit Exposes Massive CAIR Fraud and Cover-up

American Freedom Law Center

Washington,  D.C. (November 26, 2012) – Last Friday, the Law Offices of David  Yerushalmi, P.C. and the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) filed a  devastating legal brief supported by hundreds of pages of evidence,  asking a federal judge to find the Council on American-Islamic Relations  (CAIR) liable to five of its former clients for fraud, breach of  fiduciary duty, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.  The  legal brief demonstrates beyond any reasonable doubt that CAIR is a  criminal organization that deceptively holds itself out to the public as  the nation’s largest Muslim-American civil rights organization.

The brief and supporting evidence were filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in two companion cases, Saiyed v. CAIR and Lopez v. CAIR,  in which David Yerushalmi is lead counsel.  The brief and supporting  evidence overwhelmingly demonstrate that CAIR was involved in a massive  criminal fraud and cover-up that injured numerous client-victims who had  looked to CAIR for legal assistance, yet the CAIR “attorney” allegedly  handling their cases was in fact not an attorney.

Yerushalmi,  who is also Co-Founder and Senior Counsel of AFLC, commented, “The  evidence has long suggested that CAIR is an organization set up by the  Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas to further its aims of stealth Jihad in the  United States,” referring to the fact that CAIR was named by the  federal government as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land  Foundation terrorism financing trial.  “According to the facts that are  carefully laid out in our legal brief and fully supported by the record  evidence,” Yerushalmi explained, “CAIR has engaged in a massive criminal  fraud in which numerous CAIR clients have been victimized, and because  of the CAIR cover-up many still don’t realize it.  The fact that CAIR  has victimized Muslims and non-Muslims alike demonstrates that it is  only looking out for itself and its ongoing efforts to bilk donors out  of millions of dollars of charitable donations thinking they are  supporting a legitimate organization.”

Five  former clients of CAIR filed the two lawsuits in federal court alleging  common law and statutory fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and  intentional infliction of emotional distress against CAIR.  These two  lawsuits followed an earlier lawsuit which had also alleged that CAIR’s  fraudulent conduct amounted to racketeering, a federal RICO crime.  In  that case, the court dismissed the RICO counts, concluding that CAIR’s  conduct as alleged was fraudulent but not a technical violation of RICO.   The two civil lawsuits were filed by Yerushalmi on January 6, 2010,  and because they arise out of the same facts, the cases were  consolidated.

The  supporting evidence, which was compiled after more than a year and a  half of contentious discovery that involved numerous document requests,  motions to compel the production of documents that CAIR was concealing,  and multiple depositions of high-ranking CAIR officials, shows that  Morris Days, the “Resident Attorney” and “Civil Rights Manager” at the  now defunct CAIR-MD/VA chapter in Herndon, Virginia, was in fact not an  attorney and that he failed to provide legal services for clients who  came to CAIR for legal representation.  The evidence also shows that  CAIR knew of this fraud and purposefully conspired with Days to keep the  CAIR clients from discovering that their legal matters were being  mishandled or not handled at all.  While Yerushalmi and AFLC represent  the five plaintiffs in these two lawsuits, three of whom are Muslim  Americans, according to CAIR’s internal documents, there were many more  victims of the CAIR fraud scheme.

As  set forth in the court filings, CAIR knew or should have known that Days  was not a lawyer when it hired him.  But, like many organizations  accused of wrongdoing, things got worse when CAIR officials were  confronted with clear evidence of Days’ fraudulent conduct.  Rather than  come clean and attempt to rectify past wrongs, CAIR conspired with Days  to conceal and further the fraud.  To this end, CAIR officials  purposefully concealed the truth about Days from the clients, law  enforcement, and the media.  When CAIR did receive calls from irate  clients about Days’ failure to provide competent legal services, CAIR  fraudulently deceived them about Days’ relationship with CAIR,  suggesting that he was never actually employed by CAIR.

Robert  Muise, co-counsel in the lawsuit and Co-Founder and Senior Counsel of  AFLC, commented: “The overwhelming evidence marshaled in this case will  finally put to rest the myth fabricated by CAIR’s PR machine and  perpetrated by a complicit media that this is a legitimate  Muslim-American civil rights organization.  This lawsuit strips away  CAIR’s veil of legitimacy.”

CSP: American Freedom Law Center Resources:

Press Release

Memo (Brief) (PDF)

Facts (Brief) (PDF)

8 thoughts on “Federal Lawsuit Exposes Massive CAIR Fraud and Cover-up

  1. Pingback: Muslims Showing Tolerance and Compassion While Contributing to World Peace – Articles | A Lot Of Coffee and Sleepless Nights

  2. Pingback: Inspector General Probing FBI/CAIR Interactions | The Counter Jihad Report

  3. Pingback: CAIR:Fraud and Racketeering « American Infidels

  4. Pingback: Fraud and Racketeering at CAIR « Strangers and Aliens

  5. Pingback: Fraud and Racketeering at CAIR | The Counter Jihad Report

Comments are closed.