Video: Michigan School Sold to MB-Linked Group
According to the Thomas More Law Center, a sweetheart deal to acquire a school building and land in Wayne County, Michigan should be investigated not only because of alleged improper practices by the local school board, but to find out how the terrorism-linked Islamic Cultural Association (ICA) acquired the property in spite of at least 18 other potential bidders being denied any chance to even make offers.
Whereas corruption exists everywhere, what makes this deal especially interesting is how the Islamic Cultural Association that has been previously linked to terrorism charges managed to get the property after other potential higher-paying buyers were told it wasn’t even for sale, since the Farmington School District intended to use the land for a public park.
The legal inquiry developed because, after a feasibility study by the School Board determined the school should not be closed, parents in the local community objected to the sale of Eagle Elementary School.
Richard Thompson, Chief Counsel for the Thomas More Law Center, along with staff litigator Erin Mersino, sent a six-page letter to Michigan Attorney General William Schuette requesting a Grand Jury investigation into alleged corruption and violations of State law by the Farmington Public School Board in favor of the Islamic Cultural Association.
The school board claims (see video below) that the sale was legitimate, since no one else made any offers. Yet according to the Thomas More Law Center, for an entire year each time the school district was approached about selling the property, prospective buyers were told it was "not for sale.” Among the (at least) 18 prospective buyers turned away was a Christian church, a parochial religious school and even a school for handicapped children. All of these enterprises fell within the zoning laws.
A Jewish religious school was also among the closed-out bidders. Yet, despite this, the local Jewish Anti-defamation League sided with the ICA and CAIR to support the deal in purchasing the school.
Real estate valuations put the property value at between 1.2 and 2 million dollars. However, in a closed meeting -- contrary to state law -- the School Board voted to sell the land to the ICA for only $850,000. After the sale was made, the decision to sell was kept from the public. (...)