How did U.S. taxpayer money end up in ISIS’ hands? It’s all thanks to the Islamic terrorist — and traitor — Mohamed Roble.
Roble was weeks shy of his 11th birthday in 2007 when the Minneapolis bridge his school bus was on collapsed.
His injuries included post-traumatic stress disorder, records show. And his lawyers demanded compensation for his pain — which the government paid him.
Now, according to court testimony in a federal terrorism trial, Roble — one of the 145 people injured in the Minneapolis bridge collapse that killed 13 people — used the money to visit Syria and link up with ISIS.
And he’s handing out U.S. taxpayer dollars “like candy.”
For his injuries, a 2009 state court order says, Roble was due to receive a lump sum payment of $65,431.22 on his 18th birthday in 2014 — roughly a month and a half before federal prosecutors say he left the U.S. for Istanbul, Turkey.
Roble’s name surfaced in federal court last week during the trial of three Minnesota men accused of conspiring to travel to Syria to join ISIS. Testimony has suggested that at least some of the men in the group knew Roble had money and asked him to fund their own trips. One man believed Roble had gone to Syria with thousands of dollars and used it to pay for weddings for fighters and cars.
According to evidence presented in federal court last week, Roble flew to Istanbul in October 2014 as part of an itinerary that included a trip to China. He was due to return to the U.S. in June 2015, but never did, FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force Officer Joel Pajak testified.
“We received information that Mr. Roble ended up in Syria with his uncle, Abdi Nur,” Pajak testified.
Nur is among 10 men charged in the case; six others have pleaded guilty, and a trial continues in Minneapolis for the other three.
Prosecutors say the men were part of a group of friends who recruited and inspired each other to join the Islamic State group. Roble has not been charged, but prosecutors included his picture in a court exhibit that contains the photos of 16 men who authorities say joined or conspired to join militant groups in Syria and Somalia.
The FBI has said that roughly a dozen young men have left Minnesota to join militant groups in Syria in recent years.
Little has been revealed about Roble, but testimony suggests at least some of the men knew he had money. One witness, FBI informant Abdirahman Bashir, testified that in the fall of 2014 some group members asked Roble if he could finance their own trips.
“We all knew that he had money, and we were asking him if he could give us some money for travel and he said yes,” Bashir testified. Under questioning from Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Winter, Bashir added that Roble “had a lot of money from an accident before, and got a settlement.”
“Some kind of insurance settlement?” Winter asked.
“Yes,” Bashir said.
In one secretly recorded conversation played for jurors, defendant Guled Omar told Bashir that Roble took thousands of dollars to Syria and was passing out money like “candy.” In that conversation, Omar said Roble used the money in Syria to finance weddings and cars for fighters.
The men also used a Skype account to communicate with Roble and Nur abroad, according to testimony.
Another witness in the case testified that Roble’s social media accounts contained images of guns, other fighters and posts about how Roble felt blessed to be in “sham” — a term for a territory that includes Syria.
Wilbur Fluegel, the attorney who represented Roble in the bridge collapse litigation, said he doesn’t know what Roble has been doing, saying he last worked with him in 2009. Fluegel could not reveal how much money Roble has received, citing confidentiality clauses.
But in that 2009 order, a judge approved a $53,500 settlement from the state of Minnesota to be invested in an annuity to pay Roble a lump sum of $65,431.22 on his 18th birthday. It was unclear if Roble collected all of the money, but he would have had access to the account and control of the funds. Roble was also listed as a plaintiff in two other lawsuits stemming from the bridge collapse, but the outcomes of those are confidential.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
glenn davis says
Give me liberty or give me death has now been transformed to give me money so I can kill you. Nice going all you political clowns.
IMO Anyone wanting to join ISIS are traitors since their goal is to murder non Islamics.
All traitors need to move out of the USA IMO..
Truth seeker says
Was he even a Citizen of the United States. This is the problem. Look at Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana both of his Parents crossed into our Country , overstayed their Visa long enough for him to be born and some how he became a Governor, then was allowed to run in the Presidential race knowing he was no allowed by our laws. You see when the break one of our laws, they have no problem breaking all of the ones they can. Gov. Nikki Haley from South Carolina was another Anchor baby and once in power, she decided to take down the Confederate Flag. The history of ” Go to Sleep” that is played by a Bugle was played for a Confederate Soldier, who’s Dad was a Union Officer and it was his Son that he wanted to pay respect for. This Governor has no right to demand any kind of Laws in our Country concerning a Flag that none of her Family felt the pain and loss from that terrible Civil War. These are American lives and she is not a true American, but got as far as she could with some inside help.
You said it Brother, “CAPT SPALDING FOR PRESIDENT” Put a real clown in office not some washed up HAG
Especially not some Hag that should be wearing a prison uniform.
Why do we allow non-citizens to sue anyone in the US? He is not the only one to receive large settlements.
Juan Two Three says
IMO I think this filthy ‘Knee-Gro’ should be tarred and feathered and hung from a tree in a public forum!
It is bad enough that this people are already getting more in benefits then the Americans Citizens
Yep, IMO, that’s discrimination against American Citizens!.
obama’s pen….that’s why we are shelling out our hard earned money…..because obama says so……I truly believe 1 or 2 things, #1 EVERY SINGLE obama BUTT KISSER HAS BLINDERS ON OR #2 THEY BELIEVE HE WILL SAVE THEM IN ANY CRISIS…
What in the Hell is wrong with Minnesota? So many Muslims live there who don’t give a damn for this country. Well Roble I hope you enjoy your 72 virgins OOPS I mean raisins when you get to heaven you wasted piece of humanity.
I 4 AN I says
that TURD has nothing 2 do with humanity!
Justin W says
Once the money is given to a person, the giver loses control over the money. For an 18 year old there is going to be a lot of pressure from broke friends and deadbeat relatives to get their hands on any stash of cash. The relatives know what he had coming to him and when he would get it. This is always a problem when money is set aside for a person once they reach a certain age. I bet many cases end with the victim actually getting very little of the money set aside for them.
Everyone who was part of this should be investigated and those who broke laws should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Ralph Compton says
The feral has left to join ISIS and will be let back into this country and welcomed into his community of ferals as a hero. Death to all radical Muslimes.
kenneth cameron says
What can you expect from our govt. the way they dol it out today$$$$…………they give it away like candy!!!!!!
DT is right when he said DON’T let any MUSLIMES IN until we know how they are………!!!!!!!!!
kenneth cameron says
MY LAST REPLY SHOULD HAVE READ: until we know who they are……….!!!!!!!!
Calvin Harwick says
This is a good definition of gratitude from these people.This ingrate came from a family of Somolies that came to the U S through the state department back during the Somoli civil war.Early Immigrants came to this country for a variety of reasons.and became good hard working American citizens.Today they are all opportunist who come here to pluck the American people for what they can get.