FBI: Int'l scam targeting Islamic mosques broken

An international wire fraud scheme targeting Islamic institutions with a phony stranded-traveler plea, netting only small sums but hitting multiple victims over many years, has been disrupted by the arrest of its mastermind, the FBI said on Thursday. Islamic advocates say Nazareth resident Mohammed Mustafa Agbareia, who was arrested in Canada and pleaded guilty March 1 in Alabama to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, may have scammed more than $1 million from mosques and Islamic groups over nearly two decades. He will be sentenced July 10 by US District Judge Charles Butler in Mobile, where he is in the custody of federal marshals.