|A man from Akron, Cncinnati, US has been convicted for 25 years after stealing from a charity instant bingo operation. In a topical twist during the trial the charity he stole from was alleged to have links to terrorists based in the Middle East.|
Forty-three year old Philip F. George Jr has been convicted on no less than eleven charges. The Kingpin of an illegal gambling scam made an estimated $50 million between 1998 and 2000 that should have gone to charity.
George stole vast sums from the United Saghbeen Society, with only a fraction of the money ever making it through to the charitable cause aimed to support a Christian girls school in Lebanon. However in an unlikely twist during the trail prosecutors alleged that the charity itself was a front that funded terrorists in the Middle East.
Robert Gutzwiller, Defense attorney, mocked the accusations insisting that the charity had supported Lebanese Catholics for decades and would have no reason to support Islamic terrorists. As the allegations have been swept aside the prosecution seem to have grossly preyed on the current climate of fear of terrorism that has sweeped the nation since Sep 11.