Lobbyist sentenced for using Pakistan cash

March 30, 2012 at 2:48 PM
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WASHINGTON, March 30 (UPI) -- A Fairfax, Va., man was sentenced to two years in prison for plotting to hide Pakistan government funding of his lobbying efforts, the Justice Department said.

Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, 62, was sentenced Friday after earlier pleading guilty to a two-count criminal indictment involving falsifying and covering up facts he was obligated to reveal, hindering the IRS from collecting revenue and trying to impede the administration of tax laws, the Justice Department said in a release.

Justice officials said Fai was involved in a decades-long scheme to conceal the transfer of at least $3.5 million from the Pakistani government to fund his lobbying efforts in America as they related to Kashmir.

Court documents indicate Fai was director of the Kashmiri American Council, a non-governmental organization in Washington, that described itself as dedicated to raising awareness about the struggle of the Kashmiri people for self-determination. But court documents said organization was secretly funded by Pakistani government officials, including the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate.

"Mr. Fai spent 20 years operating the Kashmiri American Council as a front for Pakistani intelligence," said Neil MacBride, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. "He lied to the Justice Department, the IRS and many political leaders throughout the United States as he pushed the ISI's propaganda on Kashmir."

After he completes his prison sentence, Fai will spend three years on probation, the department said.

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