Last year, CAIR-Chicago was contacted by a number of victims of a Hajj travel scam. The Civil Rights team worked with the victims in collecting evidence of the fraud and with their permission, reported it to law enforcement. The defendant, Rashid Minhas, perpetuated two separate schemes against victims in the United States, Canada, Pakistan and around the world. He was prosecuted and convicted in both cases for scamming victims through his fraudulent companies: City Travel and Light Star Hajj. In February 2015, Judge Feinerman found Minhas guilty after a bench trial in the City Travel fraud case, and in June 2015, Minhas plead guilty in the Light Start Hajj case. He is scheduled to be sentenced by the court for both cases next week before Judge Feinerman.
If you are victim of these Hajj fraud scams, or if you know of any victims, please inform them, and they may attend the court sentencing date next Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 10:15 a.m. at the U.S. District Courthouse in Chicago, 219 South Dearborn, in Courtroom 2125 (21st floor).