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Statement of Facts - Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai (2011.12.07)

Statement of Facts - Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai (2011.12.07)

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DEC
-7
2011
IN
THE
UNITEDSTATESDISTRICT
COURTFORTHE
EASTERNDISTRICTOFVIRGINIA
Alexandria
Division
UNITEDSTATES
OFAMERICA
CRIMINAL
NO.
1:1
lcr
561
SYEDGHULAM
NABIFAI,
Defendant.
STATEMENTOFFACTS
ThepartiesstipulatethattheallegationsintheCriminalInformationandthefollowing
factsaretrueandcorrect,andthathadthemattergonetotrialtheUnitedStateswouldhave
proventhembeyondareasonabledoubt:1.Fromapproximately1990,andcontinuingthereafteruntilapproximatelyJuly18,2011,intheEasternDistrict
of
Virginiaandelsewhere,defendantGHULAMNABIFAI
unlawfullyandknowinglyconspiredwithothersto(a)falsify,conceal,andcoverupmaterial
factstheyhadadutytodisclosebytricks,schemesanddevices,inmatterswithinthejurisdiction
of
theagencies
of
theexecutivebranch
of
theGovernment
of
theUnitedStates,inviolation
of
Section
1001
of
Title18
of
theUnitedStatesCode;and(b)defraudtheUnitedStatesDepartment
of
theTreasurybyimpeding,impairing,obstructinganddefeatingthelawfulfunctions
of
theInternalRevenueServiceintheascertainment,computation,assessment,andcollection
of
the
revenue.
2.Thepurpose
of
theschemetoconcealandfalsifywastoobtainmoneyfromofficialsemployedbytheGovernment
of
Pakistan,includingtheInter-ServicesIntelligenceDirectorate("ISI"),fortheoperation
of
theKashmiriAmericanCouncil("KAC"),outside
of
theknowledge
C-lKK.US.
DISTRICT
COUHT
ALEXANDRIA.VIKCINIA
Case 1:11-cr-00561-LO Document 48 Filed 12/07/11 Page 1 of 26 PageID# 239
 
of
theGovernment
of
theUnitedStatesandwithoutattractingtheattention
of
lawenforcement
and
regulatoryauthorities.
To
prevent
the
Department
of
Justice,
theFederalBureau
of
Investigation,
the
Department
ofthe
Treasury,
andthe
Internal
Revenue
Service
from
learning
the
source
ofthe
money
heobtained
from
officials
employed
bytheISIandthe
Government
of
Pakistan
to
operate
the
KAC,
defendant
SYEDGHULAMNABI
FAI
madefalse,
fictitious,and
fraudulentmaterialstatementsandrepresentationsinmatterswithinthejurisdiction
of
the
Department
of
Justice,
FederalBureau
of
Investigation,
the
Department
ofthe
Treasury,
and
the
InternalRevenueService,andcoveredupmaterialfactsregardinghisreceiptofmoneyforthe
operation
ofthe
KACfrom
officials
employed
bytheISIandthe
Government
of
Pakistan.
3.Fromapproximately1990,andcontinuingthereafteruntilapproximatelyJuly18,
2011,defendantSYEDGHULAMNABIFAIcorruptlyendeavoredtoobstructandimpedethedueadministration
of
theinternalrevenuelawsby(a)arrangingthetransfer
of
atleast$3,500,000totheKACfromemployees
of
theISIandtheGovernment
of
Pakistan;(b)accepting
thetransfer
of
suchmoneytotheKACfromtheISIandtheGovernment
of
Pakistanthrough
ZaheerAhmad("Ahmad")andmiddlemen("theStrawDonors")whoreceivedreimbursementfromAhmadfortheirtransferstotheKAC;(c)providinglettersfromtheKACtotheStraw
DonorsdocumentingthatthetransfersfromtheStrawDonorstotheKACweretaxdeductibletotheextentprovidedbylaw;and(d)concealingfromtheInternalRevenueServicethatthemoney
receivedfromtheStrawDonorsactuallywasindirectlygiventotheKACbytheofficials
employedbyISIandtheGovernment
of
Pakistan.Thepartiesagreethattheamount
of
thetax
lossasaresult
of
thisconductforpurposes
of
calculatingtheSentencingGuidelinesisatleast
$200,000but
not
morethan$400,000.
Case 1:11-cr-00561-LO Document 48 Filed 12/07/11 Page 2 of 26 PageID# 240
 
4.TheISIisapart
of
theGovernmentofPakistanandisPakistan'sintelligenceservice.
The
KAC
isanon-governmentalorganization
located
at
1111
16thStreet,Suite420,inWashington,
D.C.
TheKACwas
founded
in
1990
andalsogoesbythename"KashmirCenter."
5.OnMarch22,2007,FAItoldagents
of
theFBIthathenevermetanyonewho
identifiedhimselfasbeingaffiliatedwiththeISIandthathedidnotsuspectanyassociatesor
acquaintances
of
beingISIofficials.
6.OnMarch22,2010,theDepartment
of
JusticesentFAIaletternotifyinghimthatallegationshadappearedintheIndianpressthathewasanagent
of
Pakistan,andthat,
if
hewas
anagent
of
Pakistan,hewasrequiredbyForeignAgentsRegistrationAct("FARA")toregister
asaforeignagentwiththeDepartment
of
Justice("DOJ").Afterreceivingtheletter,FAIsentane-mailfromhisresidenceinVirginiatoanassociateonApril
6,2010,
askinghimtodraftaresponseforFAItosendtotheDOJ.Inalatere-mailtothesameindividual,FAIadded,"Please
notethatKACisnotdoinglobbying.Itisdoingpublicrelations."FARArequiresregistration,
however,
if
suchpublicrelationsareconductedatthedirection
of
aforeigngovernment.
7.OnApril12,2010,FAIcomposedadraft
of
hisresponsetotheDOJletterandemailedittohimselffromhisresidenceinVirginia.OnApril13,2010,FAIsentaseconddraft
ofhis
response
toasecondassociate,askinghertomakeanychangesnecessary.OnApril16,
2010,FAIdroveintoWashington,
D.C,
pickeduphissecretaryfromtheKACoffice,andoneor
bothofthem
caused
thelettertobesenttotheDepartmentofJustice.Inhisresponse,he
assertedthathehadnoobligationtoregisterunderFARAbecausetheKAC"hasneverengaged
Case 1:11-cr-00561-LO Document 48 Filed 12/07/11 Page 3 of 26 PageID# 241

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