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July 21, 2016

Defunct Muslim Charity Admits Funneling $1.4 Million to Iran

An Islamic aid nonprofit that was closed more than a decade ago over alleged ties to terrorism acknowledged in court Wednesday that it steered nearly $1.4 million to Iran in breach of U.S. economic sanctions, reports the Associated Press. A representative of Columbia, Mo.-based Islamic American Relief Agency pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the Iran-sanctions law and to launder money

The charity, the American arm of the Sudan-based Islamic Relief Agency, was shuttered in October 2004 after being placed on the Treasury Department’s terrorism watch list. Federal officials said the group sent money to a militant Afghan leader in the guise of donations to an orphanage in Pakistan.

The Islamic American Relief Agency’s former leader, a fundraiser, and a board member have been convicted of taking part in a scheme to illegally transfer money, and an ex-congressman was sentenced to a year in prison in 2012 after pleading guilty to taking undisclosed payments to lobby for the charity.