Mark NeJame 2002 News

Man Released on $10 Million Bond
A Palestinian-American businessman charged with money laundering and violating immigration laws was released from a federal jail Friday on $10 million bond.

Need for Current Property Appraisal Delays Tourist Shop Owner's Release
The release from jail of a Palestinian-American businessman was delayed Thursday while his family obtained a current appraisal of the property that will be used to secure his $10 million bond.

I-Drive Giant Faces Hearing Today on Bail
Jesse Maali won't sleep at home tonight unless he proves there's nothing illegal about $10 million raised to bail him out of the Seminole County Jail.

$10 Million Bond Set for Orlando Businessman Accused of Terrorist Ties
A Palestinian-American millionaire businessman was ordered released from jail Tuesday on a $10 million bond after a federal magistrate dismissed FBI concerns that he had terrorist ties.

U.S. Seeks to Keep Fla. Man in Jail
A successful Palestinian-American businessman who owns T-shirt stores, gift shops and restaurants in Orlando has been jailed on charges of hiring illegal aliens, and federal prosecutors say he should be kept behind bars because he has provided money to terrorist groups.

Defense Denies Orlando Businessman Linked to Terrorist Groups
Federal authorities on Monday tried to link terrorist groups to a businessman dubbed by an FBI agent as ``the boss'' of Orlando's tourist district, but his defense attorney disputed any ties to illegal activities.

I-Drive magnate in court today; defense attorneys said prosecutors must offer evidence to keep Jesee Maali in Jail
Federal prosecutors must do more than drop hints about ties to Middle Eastern violence if they are to convince a judge today that a wealthy Arab-American businessman arrested in Orlando last week should be kept in jail without bond.

Prosecutor: Tourist Shop Owner Has Ties to Groups that 'Advocate Violence'
A federal prosecutor accused the owner of a chain of gift shops in Orlando's tourist district with having ties to groups that "advocate violence" but the man's attorney called the allegations "a bunch of garbage" and said his client never directly supported terrorist organizations.

Man Enters Plea in Killing of Wife
The fate of an elderly Deltona man who said he killed his ailing wife in an act of mercy now rests in the hands of a judge. Leo Visco pleaded guilty Thursday to manslaughter for the shooting death of his 74-year-old wife, Eva.

Reaction to Sep11 Blamed For Increase in Hate Crimes
Hate crimes motivated by religion and national origin almost doubled last year in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, according to an attorney general's report released Friday.

The Day the Music Died
Jim Faherty has a lot to do -- maybe too much for a promoter without a club, an entrepreneur without a business, an artist without a medium.

Stories About Drugs, Hit Men Spice up Court Hearing
Tales of Caribbean hit men, drug dealing in Heathrow and family betrayal turned a bail hearing into a five-hour marathon as the U.S. Attorney's Office opened its books against a suspect in an unsolved double killing.

Faherty Admits he Did It
For months he claimed he was only an innocent victim, just doing a favor for an old family friend by cashing in a fraudulently obtained $1-million McDonald's game piece. But on Jan. 17 Jim Faherty, a former owner of the downtown music club Sapphire (since renamed The Social by new management), pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud in federal court in Jacksonville.