Show off your holiday lights and you could win an iPad! Enter your photo by December 13. Winner will be selected by popular vote.
Osama “Sam” Mustafa didn’t show for a Friday bond-revocation hearing in Roanoke federal court. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
A Florida man awaiting sentencing for his part in an $18 million tax-refund fraud case in Roanoke federal court has removed an electronic monitoring bracelet and absconded, assistant U.S. attorney Joseph Mott said in court papers Friday.
Authorities issued an arrest warrant for Osama “Sam” Mustafa of Florida after he disappeared Tuesday, court papers said.
Judge Robert Ballou revoked a $50,000 bond on which Mustafa had been allowed to remain free since last summer, and he declared the bond, secured by a piece of real estate in Tennessee, forfeited.
Mustafa had been ordered to appear at a bond-revocation hearing in Roanoke on Friday at which Mott planned to ask that Mustafa be jailed on an alleged threat and on allegations of disposing of assets that were subject to forfeiture.
Mustafa is accused of relaying a message through another person to co-defendant Khaldoun “Tony” Khawaja, also of Florida, that Khawaja “will pay” when released from prison, Mott said in court papers. Khawaja provided information that helped prosecutors win the case, prosecutors have said.
Mustafa did not show up for the bond-revocation hearing Friday. His court-appointed attorney, Michelle Derrico, told Ballou she thought Mustafa knew about the hearing. A court security officer called his name three times in the hall outside the courtroom.
Mustafa was convicted by a Roanoke jury for his role in a multistate scheme to collect millions of dollars in fraudulent income tax refunds. Two other men convicted in the case, Khawaja and co-defendant Muawia “Mike” Abdeljalil of Roanoke, were sentenced to prison and ordered to repay the money earlier this week. Mustafa is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 23.
Weather Journal7 wintry scenarios for Sunday