A Palestinian man remains behind bars tonight after an investigation and raid of his home and businesses in the Rio Grande Valley. Federal agents are working with the Cameron County District Attorney’s office are looking into the alleged crimes. The most serious of the allegations is that he may be connected to international terrorism.
The investigation with potential ties to terrorist groups from the Middle East here in the Valley. It’s a story first reported by news agency Breitbart. This week two car lots and a home were raided in connection to a known Palestinian terrorist. This stems from a money laundering investigation of a man named George Z. Rafidi.
According to Federal records Rafidi is facing charges due to his attempts to lie to the Federal government in order to obtain U.S. Permanent Residency and citizenship. As part of his naturalization process, he was believed to have been involved with the “Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine; a group the United States Government recognizes as a “Specially Designated Terrorist” organization.
Now Rafidi is facing charges for alleged money laundering following an investigation involving the Cameron County District Attorney’s office. Several agencies including the Cameron County District Attorney’s office are not releasing much information about the raids. In a published report Rafidi’s attorney says his client is innocent of all crimes.
Local 23 News will bring you more information as it becomes available.