The Fraud Squad, Part 3: Ilhan Omar

They are arguably the most famous Democrats in America, but America's media has steadfastly refused to report on the serious allegations of serious wrongdoing against members of "The Squad"--Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar.

Of the three, Omar faces by far the most serious allegations.

Her political career began in 2016, when she ran for and won a seat in the Minnesota State Legislature.Almost immediately, she began to use campaign contributions for personal expenses.

The Minnesota Campaign Finance Board determined that she illegally dipped into her donations to pay for personal travel for various conferences in Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Fort Myers.

In addition, she failed to properly disclose payments to attorneys working on a “crisis team” her campaign convened to respond to allegations of even more serious crimes that surfaced during the 2016 campaign.

Ultimately, the Campaign Finance Board ordered her to personally repay her campaign $3,469.23 and pay a $500 fine.


During that 2016 campaign, users of a Somali message board in Minnesota began making an explosive claim: In 2009, she legally married her own brother--a British citizen--in order to expedite his immigration to America.

Omar called them "baseless rumors," but extensive investigations by both the Minnesota Star-Tribune, the City Journal, and PJ Media have uncovered compelling evidence that Omar didn't just marry her brother, she engaged in “perjury, immigration fraud, marriage fraud, state and federal tax fraud, and federal student loan fraud,” according to an ethics complaint filed by Judicial Watch.

When she was 11, Omar fled Somalia's civil war with her family and lived for four years in a refugee camp in Kenya before migrating to the United States and settling in Minneapolis, which has a large Somali Muslim population.

In 2002, the 19 year-old Omar married 22 year-old Ahmed Hirsi in "their faith tradition." However, they never legally married. The couple had two children but in 2008 decided to separate, divorcing in their faith tradition.

A year later, Omar legally married Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, a 23 year-old British citizen. In 2011, Omar said the couple divorced in their faith tradition, but crucially never legally divorced. The following year, she got back together with Hirsi and had a third child. The two had apparently remarried in their faith tradition, but never got legally married. Omar remained married to Elmi.

In both 2014 and 2015, she filed joint federal and state tax returns with Hirsi even though she was still legally married to Elmi. This would constitute tax fraud, as Omar misrepresented her marital status to obtain tax benefits.

Only when she was planning a run for Congress in 2017 and questions about her marriages were roiling her campaign did Omar finally legally divorce Elmi. A year later, she finally legally married Hirsi and, along with Rashida Tlaib, became one of the first two Muslim women to be elected to the House of Representatives.

But the questions are still unanswered: Who is Ahmed Nur Said Elmi? Why did Omar temporarily leave a seemingly happy marriage with Ahmed Hirsi for him? Did she ever really leave Hirsi at all? Did she only marry Elmi as part of an immigration fraud scheme? And is Elmi really her brother, making their marriage technically an illegal incestuous one?

According to public records obtained by PJ Media, when Omar and Elmi married in 2009, they moved from Minnesota to Fargo, North Dakota, sharing an apartment. But, strangely, Hirsi moved there, too, and lived with them in the same apartment. Either he is the most forgiving ex-husband in the world, or something was fishy. Even stranger, public records indicate that when Omar and Elmi moved to a house in Fargo in February of 2010, Hirsi moved with them.

Why were they in North Dakota? Omar herself explained in an article entitled "Refugee parent finds sense of home in Minneapolis neighborhood school" that appeared in The Daily Planet, a small Minnesota paper.

"After having started their daughter, Isra, in kindergarten in Minneapolis, Omar and her husband, Ahmed Hirsi, moved to North Dakota so that Omar could finish her bachelor’s degree in political science," the article stated. "Upon moving back to Minneapolis, they enrolled Isra in Whittier International School in south Minneapolis because of its International Baccalaureate programming and global education focus."

How would the author of that article know that Ahmed Hirsi was Omar's husband? Because Omar said so. She didn't identify him as her ex-husband; she herself was calling him her husband while she was legally married to another man.

That man, Elmi, and Omar both enrolled at North Dakota State University and both apparently applied for and obtained student loans to do so. But did they commit fraud in doing so? If their marriage was really a sham, then it would seem that they used it to get more favorable loan terms.

"Federal student aid applications, or FAFSAs, are treated differently by loan officers if an applicant is married," PJ Media notes. "Loan officers are not allowed to consider the assets of a married applicant’s parents when constructing the loan terms. Fewer assets shows greater need, and likely will result in loan terms more favorable to the applicant."

If Omar's marriage was indeed fraudulent and illegal because Elmi is her biological brother, then her application would constitute federal student loan fraud.

The clearest evidence that Elmi is indeed Omar's brother ironically comes from Omar herself. In a glowing article about her in City Pages, she identified her father as Nur Said Elmi Mohammed. A day later, the author of the article changed his work so that Omar's father was identified as Nur Omar Mohammed.

Photo credit: City Pages

Why would he change this? His information came from Omar herself. The answer likely lies in the Somali Muslim naming tradition. As the St. Cloud Times reported:

Somali children are usually given a three-part name. The first name is a chosen name. The middle name traditionally is the first name of the child’s father. The last name is the child’s paternal grandfather’s first name.
Women usually do not change their last name when they marry, so married parents often will have different last names than each other and their children.
For example, a father named Omar Elmi Dihoud and a mother named Waris Abdi Duale could have a son named Ali Omar Elmi, and a daughter named Roda Omar Elmi.
Retaining their grandparent’s name is a way to maintain their affiliation with the tribe of their birth. By a young age, Somali children can recite their grandparents’ names back many generations, Abdi said.

If Omar's father was named Nur Said Elmi Mohammed, then his son--Omar's brother--would indeed be named Ahmed Nur Said Elmi. Moreover, he and Omar attended the same high school and school records and testimony from classmates indicate that Nur Said Elmi was living with his father,...none other than Nur Said Elmi Mohammed:

According to official student enrollment records archived by St. Paul Public Schools and the state of Minnesota, an “Ahmed N. Elmi” was enrolled as a senior in the Class of 2003 at Arlington Senior High School in St. Paul, MN, from September 6, 2002, until June 10, 2003. He graduated and received a diploma.
The enrollment record states that “Ahmed N. Elmi” was born on April 4, 1985.
Both Ilhan Omar’s 2009 marriage documents and her 2017 divorce proceedings state that Ahmed Nur Said Elmi was born on April 4, 1985.
After an extensive background search, I have not been able to find any other person named “Ahmed Nur Said Elmi,” “Ahmed N. Elmi,” or even “Ahmed Elmi” with the birthdate April 4, 1985. The man Ilhan Omar married and the 17- to 18-year-old who attended Arlington Senior High School in St. Paul, MN, in 2002-2003 are one and the same.
Ahmed N. Elmi was a minor for most of the school year, and thus his parent(s)/legal guardian(s) would very likely also be listed on his enrollment records -- along with his home address and telephone number.
St. Paul Public Schools stated to me that federal law (FERPA) and Minnesota law forbid it from releasing the names of Ahmed N. Elmi’s parents/legal guardians, address, or phone number from his enrollment record without Elmi’s signed permission -- or a warrant.
I then contacted several members of the Class of 2003 -- and I was told that Elmi “was living with his father” while attending Arlington Senior High School. I have also obtained the likely address. Further, Elmi’s father was identified as the same man Ilhan Omar has always publicly referred to as her own father: Nur Said Elmi Mohamed.

Omar has vehemently denied that Elmi is her brother, but the evidence seems quite strong. Her supporters also question the motivation for undertaking this fraud since siblings of American citizens can obtain green cards just as can spouses of American citizens. This is true, but spouses of citizens only have to wait three years while siblings have to wait five. There was clearly a tangible benefit in a sham marriage.

More troubling for Omar is her claim, under penalty of perjury, during her 2017 divorce that she has not had any contact with Elmi since their separation in 2011 and in fact does not know where he is. According to Judicial Watch's ethics complaint against her:

In the course of that divorce, Ms. Omar submitted an “Application for an Order for Service by Alternate Means” to the State of Minnesota on August 2, 2017 and claimed, among other things, that she had had no contact with Ahmed Nur Said Elmi after June 2011. She also claimed that she did not know where to find him. The evidence developed by Mr. Steinberg and his colleagues demonstrates with a high degree of certainty that Ms. Omar not only had contact with Mr. Elmi, but actually met up with him in London in 2015, which is supported by photographic evidence. Ms. Omar signed the “Application for an Order for Service by Alternate Means” under penalty of perjury. The very document that Ilham Omar signed on August 2, 2017 bears the following notation directly above her signature: “I declare under penalty of perjury that everything I have stated in this document is true and correct. Minn. Stat. § 358.116.”
Of particular importance are archived photographs taken during a widely reported trip by Ilhan Omar to London in 2015, posted to her own Instagram account under her nickname “hameey”, in which she poses with her husband/presumed brother, Ahmed Elmi. These photographs from 2015 are documentary evidence that in fact she met up with Mr. Elmi after June 2011 and before the date she signed the divorce document in August 2017, thereby calling into question the veracity of her claim that she had not seen Mr. Elmi since June 2011.

The most damning of these posts is from 2012, when Elmi posted a picture of himself with Omar's newborn daughter...whom he identifies as his niece.

This is the child of a woman whom he had just divorced a year earlier. Why is he calling her his niece? Moreover, why is he holding her at all since Omar swore under penalty of perjury that she had no contact with him and no idea where he was in 2012?

The available evidence seems to point to an incontrovertible conclusion: Ilhan Omar lied about her relationship with Elmi, lied about their marriage, lied about pretty much everything. The available evidence seems to point to Ilhan Omar as the single most noxious member of "The Fraud Squad."

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