Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

2/6/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Founder and CEO of mosque spent money on luxury items, wife and girlfriend suit alleges

The controversial "Ground Zero" mosque, to be built at 51 Park Place in Manhattan near the site of the felled World Trade Center may now not come to be - a lawsuit alleges that the man responsible has swindled donations to build the place of worship on his lavish lifestyle and mistress.

Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf fleeced the Malaysian government for $3 million and a Westchester County couple for $167,000. The couple in question, businessman Robert Deak along with his wife Moshira Soliman has filed the lawsuit.

Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf fleeced the Malaysian government for $3 million and a Westchester County couple for $167,000. The couple in question, businessman Robert Deak along with his wife Moshira Soliman has filed the lawsuit.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/6/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Ground Zero mosque, lawsuit, Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf . adultery, theft


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the lawsuit, Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf pocketed money for trips, real estate and a fancy car. The founder and CEO of the American Society for Muslim Advancement, Rauf has been accused of swiping donation money intended for the "Ground Zero" mosque to enjoy a lavish lifestyle.

According to the searing lawsuit, his pockets were stuffed with donations given from Islamic nonprofits to splurge on expensive trips spent with a New Jersey gal pal, a stunning new lawsuit charges.

In addition, the married Rauf fleeced the Malaysian government for $3 million and a Westchester County couple for $167,000. The couple in question, businessman Robert Deak along with his wife Moshira Soliman has filed the lawsuit.

The money donated was given to Rauf's two nonprofits, the Cordoba Initiative and the American Society for Muslim Advancement, which work to combat anti-Islamic sentiment.

Rauf's girlfriend is a woman identified as Evelyn Adorno, who shared "a personal relationship with Rauf," Deak's attorney, Jonathan Nelson says. Adorno lives in North Bergen, New Jersey, the same town as the 64-year-old imam and his wife, Daisy Khan.

Money was also spent on a luxury sports car, personal real estate and entertainment for the imam and his wife, charges the 11-page lawsuit. All of this largesse came despite the $50,138 annual salary he reported in Cordoba's 2010 tax filing.

Khan, listed as a Cordoba director and ASMA's executive director and co-founder said she did not know about the lawsuit or any charges.

"I haven't gone on any vacations with my husband," she told the Daily News. "I really know nothing about this."

Rauf was ousted as the religious leader of the planned Muslim community center in January 2011. The imam was at odds with Sharif El-Gamal, the developer of the project. His departure came one month after Deak claims that he discovered Rauf was misusing the donations.

Paul Knight, the lawyer for Khan, dismissed the charges and said the imam will prove his innocence.

"The allegations are meritless and we will mount a vigorous defense against this lawsuit," Knight says.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for June 2015
Universal:
That immigrants and refugees may find welcome and respect in the countries to which they come.
Evangelization: That the personal encounter with Jesus may arouse in many young people the desire to offer their own lives in priesthood or consecrated life.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More U.S.

America's MOST and LEAST patriotic states in 2015 Watch

Image of Virginia [not pictured] has been named the most patriotic state.

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A recent American pride survey, published on June 29, 2015, revealed Virginia to be at the top of the current list of the most patriotic states in the USA. WalletHub, a consumer website, evaluated the military and civic engagement of all 50 states, included in the ... continue reading


The Martyrdom of the Apostles Peter and Paul Invites Us Into a New Missionary Age Watch

Image of On this great Feast we need to rededicate ourselves to being true witnesses, with an adult faith, willing to participate fully in this new missionary age of the Catholic Church. May the blood of the Martyrs continue to be the seed of the Church. St. Peter and St. Paul, pray for us!

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

Since at least the Third Century, Christians have commemorated this day as a Solemnity, the day when the two pillars of the Church, the great Apostles, Peter and Paul, met the Lord whom they served with such beauty, face to face in the communion of eternal love. ... continue reading


Junior lifeguard competition cancelled after 15 great white sharks spotted swimming near shore in California beach Watch

Image of

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The NorCal Junior Lifeguards competition was cancelled following the reported sightings of at least 15 great white sharks swimming near the shore in Aptos, Santa Cruz. Helicopters and boats were sent off to determine the situation before the event, confirming that ... continue reading


Fear of ISIS expansion along U.S. border grows Watch

Image of The fear of the ISIS breaching security in the southern borders of the U.S. is being addressed by the government.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The United States is considering the possible breach in the security of its southern borders. With drugs, illegal immigrants and several illegal activities being localized in this area, the militant group, ISIS may actually target this region for their terrorist plans. ... continue reading


United States Population: More minority children than whites, more whites dying than being born Watch

Image of Minority children are currently dominating the number of native Americans in the US.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The United States' population is composed of Americans and millions of immigrants and foreigners considered to be part of the "minority group." As the years pass, the American population is now starting to become dominated by the "minority group."roup. MUNTINLUPA, ... continue reading


8-year-old boy bitten by shark in knee-deep water, fourth case over past two weeks in NC Watch

Image of

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A frantic 911 call was made after an 8-year-old boy was bitten by a shark while swimming in knee-deep water at a beach in North Carolina. During the emergency call, the boy is heard screaming, as the caller tells the operator that his foot has punctured holes and ... continue reading


California legislature's who HATE Catholics want Father Juniper Serra statue OUT of Capitol Watch

Image of Bl. Junipero Serra played a leading role in California history, helping to convert thousands of native Californians to Christianity and teaching them new technologies.

By CNA/EWTN News

A statue of Franciscan missionary and saint-to-be Father Junipero Serra has stood in the U.S. Capitol since 1931, but its future may depend on an upcoming hearing in the California legislature and the success of a "Let's Save Serra" campaign. SACRAMENTO, CA ... continue reading


HERE COMES THE POPE - As many as 1.5 million faithful expected to greet Pope Francis in Philadelphia in September Watch

Image of More than 1.5 million people are expected for the Mass with Pope Francis in at that time. About 12,000 people were registered for the congress earlier this month.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Excitement is building for the visit from Pope Francis in Philadelphia this coming September. The Pope will be there for the once-every-three-years World Meeting of Families from September 22 through 25. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput met with the Pope after the ... continue reading


At least 10 Islamic State suspects living in the U.S. arrested by FBI Watch

Image of The FBI is targeting individuals thought to be planning attacks in the U.S. The bureau is concentrating on direct arrests in lieu of surveillance.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In response to a perception of increased attacks on U.S. soil by Islamic State - following the thwarted attack in the "Draw Muhammad" contest in Garland, Texas -- the FBI has rounded up more potential "lone wolf" terrorists with ties to ISIS. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Homosexuals welcome to greet Pope in Philadelphia - but they cannot seize event to protest Watch

Image of Currently, the only event dedicated to gay issues at the event features the founder of the Spiritual Friendship Initiative Ron Belgau, a celibate gay Catholic.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Archbishop Charles Chaput says that homosexuals will be welcome to attend the Catholic family congress in Philadelphia when Pope Francis visits the U.S. September. However - they cannot use the event to attack the church's teachings, he says. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


All U.S. News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Genesis 19:15-29
15 When dawn broke the angels urged Lot on, 'To your ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 26:2-3, 9-10, 11-12
2 Probe me, Yahweh, examine me, Test my heart and my ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 8:23-27
23 Then he got into the boat followed by his ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for June 30th, 2015 Image

First Martyrs of the See of Rome
June 30: The holy men and women are also called the “Protomartyrs of ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter