A silver-tongued career con man who was accused of using Canada as a base to defraud Muslim associations around the world is again using his mouth to bail himself out of trouble: He has agreed to testify against his co-accused in return for him getting out of an Alabama prison in half the time.

Mohammed Agbareia, a Palestinian man with Israeli citizenship who was living in Brampton with his Canadian wife and child, was ordered by a judge in Mobile, Ala., yesterday, to pay US$90,000 in restitution to more than 50 victims as part of his deal with the U.S. government.

Under the deal, he was sentenced to two years in prison and has promised to co-operate with the U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Alabama in its prosecution of Zouhair Hissy, a Windsor man who is fighting extradition to the United States.

Agbareia had been phoning mosques and Muslim associations throughout the United States and Europe from Canada, pretending to be a representative of the Saudi-based Islamic Development Bank coming to visit to process a loan or donation application.


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