AHMED ALABADI, A â€”year-old citizen of Iraq and former resident of Dearborn, was arrested at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport on the evening of Friday February 3, 2012, announced United States Attorney Barbara McQuade. Alabadi was arrested on an indictment for bank fraud, attempted bank fraud, and money laundering. McQuade was joined in the announcement by Special Agent Andrew G. Arena, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Brian Moskowitz, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Homeland Security Investigations in Detroit.
The indictment alleges that Alabadi solicited investments from individuals, many of Iraqi descent, by promising that the funds would be used in various rebuilding projects in Iraq. Alabadi promised large returns for the investments. In reality, however, Alabadi did not use the investorsâ€™ money for such projects. Instead, he operated a Ponzi scheme by using money from subsequent investors to pay earlier investors. Alabadi fled to the Middle East as investors began discovering the fraud.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. It will be the governmentâ€™s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Louis P. Gabel.
If any individual believes that he or she was a victim of Alabadiâ€™s fraud they should contact Special Agent Philip Reed of the FBI at (313) 965-2323.