Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Former imam of “Ground Zero” mosque pocketed millions in donations
The court papers, filed Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court, allege that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf pocketed $3 million from the Malaysian government and another $167,000 from private donors.
The money — intended to fund a pair of non-profits — was used by Rauf and his wife Daisy Khan to buy real estate, pricey trips and vacations, entertainment and a luxury sports car, the suit charged.
“Rauf exhibited the falsity ... and deception to defraud plaintiffs and divert assets to himself,” read the 11-page lawsuit filed by the charitable Deak Family Foundation, Westchester County businessman Robert Deak and his wife Moshira Soliman. (Continues)