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Somalis carrying millions of dollars out of US in suitcases; are welfare benefits going to Somalia?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 18, 2016

See this story about investigations underway in Seattle where Somalis are carrying American dollars back to Africa (which is legal, but questionable under the circumstances described in the story from King 5).


Are these your tax dollars flying from Sea-Tac to Somalia?

Here is the first question that popped into my head when I read this story:

So, if Somalis can travel back and forth to Somalia safely (carrying suitcases stuffed with American dollars that will be lost to the US economy), then doesn’t that mean that Somalia is safe enough and we no longer need to be resettling Somalis at the rate of 750 a month into your towns and cities!

Read this incredible story!  Here are just a few snips:

Travelers pulling suitcases full of cash started showing up at Sea-Tac Airport last year holding tickets for flights headed out of the United States.

Transporting large amounts of cash overseas isn’t illegal. But it was who was carrying the money … and where it was going that caught the attention of security officials.


The people carrying the cash didn’t hide the fact from Customs. Just the opposite, they reported it. Anyone traveling out of the United States is required to declare any amount over $10,000 and fill out a one-page federal form.

These reports are what caught the attention of terrorism investigators in Seattle.

The thing was the amount, the staggering amount,” said Glenn Kerns, who was assigned to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) at the time.

The couriers were working for Seattle-area hawalas – businesses that derive their name from the Arabic word for “transfer.” Hawalas are part of a traditional system of informal banking in Muslim communities.


Kerns said the first cash shipment rolled through Sea-Tac early last year. A man carrying $750,000 in cash told Customs officials he was transporting the money overseas. Over the next several months, couriers carrying as much as $2 million boarded commercial flights at Sea-Tac.

“One hawala – Seattle hawala – sent out $20 million last year,” said Kerns.


Kerns was a Seattle police officer who retired last December after serving 14 years on the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.

He uncovered something suspicious when he analyzed financial records that the hawalas are required file with the Washington Department of Financial Institutions.

He researched the names of the ten clients who transferred the most money through hawalas last year.

“All ten of them were on welfare benefits. DSHS benefits,” said Kerns. “It’s fraud. Straight up fraud – every one of them.”

Continue reading here.

I’ll bet a buck that most of the money in those suitcases is your money from those welfare benefits!

22 Responses to “Somalis carrying millions of dollars out of US in suitcases; are welfare benefits going to Somalia?”

  1. I suspect that much of this is dope money. Somalis are fighting with the mafia over turf in Italy, so it should come as no surprise that they are doing the same things here. And that might be a solution. Law enforcement agencies routinely seize large amounts of cash from travelers who can’t account for the money, suspecting drug activities. This is exactly what should be done with this money, that could be scrutinized, inspected, and sniffed by drug dogs for months, until finally made available for pickup if the “informal bank” can prove ownership. We might not get all of it, be we’ll get some, and we can make it a real pain in the ass for them to do their dirty business here.


  2. […] Somalis carrying millions of dollars out of US in suitcases; are welfare benefits going to Somalia? […]


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  4. Why is it that they are not being stopped? In the States, if you are stopped and have a large some of cash on your person…civil forfeiture.


  5. kerberos616 said

    Reblogged this on Kerberos616.


  6. Klein said

    Report: 62 Percent Of Illegals On WELFARE by AmyElizabeth More than half of households headed by immigrants in the county illegally, or 62 percent, received welfare benefits in 2012, according to a report released by the Center for Immigration Studies. In the same time period, 49 percent of households headed by legal immigrants received welfare benefits, while 30 percent of households headed by natives [Š] Read more of this post

    SHOCK FLASHBACK: Obama Says Illegal Immigration HURTS ‘Blue-Collar Americans,’ STRAINS Welfare urts-blue-collar-americans-strains-welfare/?utm_source=JoeMiller.US+List&utm _campaign=e368dba7a1-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_065b6c38 1c-e368dba7a1-231098185 Ann Corcoran posted: “See this story about investigations underway in Seattle where Somalis are carrying American dollars back to Africa (which is legal, but questionable under the circumstances described in the story from King 5). Here is the first question that popped”


  7. Charlie DuMaurier said

    The Somalis in Toronto were doing the same thing in the late 90s. Wives of Somali warlords were collecting welfare under various identities and sending the funds to their husbands in Somalia. Somalis are very clever this way.


  8. Johnny Gee said

    I thought is was illegal to take more than $10,000.00 in cash out of the country, not just REPORT it, actually take it out of the country was illegal.


  9. Reblogged this on ReactionaryThought.


  10. sidefxny said

    To say that the response of our servant Government to stories like this, is disheartening would be the understatement of the year. The taxpayers and citizens of this once great country are getting raped and robbed courtesy of the very people who are charged to protect out interests.

    As a 30+ year taxpayer advocate, I can tell you that the arrogance and contempt for the people that elected them on the part of these Government vermin, is breath-taking. Even on the most local level of my town and county, there is just about a total lack of accountability when it comes to the way our tax dollars are spent. The local offices are a microcosm of what goes on in the State and Federal branches of Government.

    I don’t know what we would do without the organized vigilance of people like you and many others that are linked to this blog. I sincerely hope that at some point Donald Trump is made aware of these issues that have been so painstakingly detailed by Ann and other writers.

    Thanks as always.



  11. TwoLaine said

    Meanwhile, back in the USA…

    Obama spending millions to find summer jobs — for refugees
    17 May 2016

    Mississippi closing juvenile delinquent programs
    17 May 2016


  12. Reblogged this on Rifleman III Journal.


  13. mikekiljom said

    So let me get this straight: Welfare recipients carry MILLIONS of US dollars out of the US right under our government’s noses, and no one takes it back??? WTF happened to our country!!@@!@@##????

    And YES, if Somolia is safe enough for these people to take millions of dollars back, we sure as heck don’t need to import any of them here!


  14. bari1951 said

    Reblogged this on Kattukse Vrienden voor Israël.


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  16. TwoLaine said

    Several things immediately come to mind. First, WA is a marijuana is A-OK with us state. it’s an all cash business because they can’t use banks. Where does all that cash go?

    Second, this sounds almost like the situation they just found in an alleged fruit & produce flea market down in FL. It’s apparently where you went to sell your SNAP welfare. One would assume they are reselling the cards for a higher profit than they bought them at, and pocketing the ill gotten cash.

    $13M food stamp scheme busted; 22 people charged
    MAY 11, 2016


    • Ann Corcoran said

      For years I wrote about food stamp fraud perpetrated by immigrant owners of convenience stores. We have dozens and dozens of posts on the scheme. Search RRW for “food stamp fraud” and you will see what I mean! Lacking time to cover everything, I’ve given up posting on what would be a massive story if just one of you would follow it on a daily basis and write about it!

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      • TwoLaine said

        Portland had a big bust recently. Mississippi too, possibly as a side result of the Jessica Chambers investigation.
        Arkansas Delta is another.

        It is sickening to think about all of the waste and fraud.


      • TwoLaine said

        In Missouri, just one thief alone.

        “The government stated in the indictment Buck illegally redeemed more than $800,000 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, better known as food stamps, between 2010 and 2014.”

        Cape businessman pleads guilty to food-stamp fraud
        17 May 2016
        by Ben Kleine ~ Southeast Missourian


  17. Reblogged this on jowitteroosblog.


  18. Judy K. Warner said

    I bet it isn’t from welfare benefits. Someone is sending money indirectly to ISIS or some other terrorist group this way. Or maybe it’s from food stamp fraud of the kind you’ve been following.

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