Stockton Muslim cleric faces deportation to Pakistan
STOCKTON, CA - The spiritual leader of Stockton's largest mosque faces deportation to his native Pakistan because he cheated on his taxes. Saeed Ur Rahman, imam of the Islamic Center of Stockton, was convicted by a federal jury in Sacramento last fall on two felony counts of tax evasion.
News10 has learned the federal government will seek a one-year prison term for Ur Rahman at a July 5 sentencing hearing, which would trigger permanent expulsion from the United States after his release.
Tax evasion with a loss to the government exceeding $10,000 is considered an aggravated felony for immigration purposes.
Sources said the criminal investigation was initially launched by the FBI's anti-terrorism task force because of Ur Rahman's ties to Pakistan. (...)