Man sentenced for diverting millions in state transportation money
A 36-year-old Lebanese immigrant who managed to get his hands on millions of dollars in state transportation money has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison. But questions remain about just how a Lebanese citizen with multiple arrests on charges of auto theft and operating chop shops in Miami could divert about $10 million from the state's coffers to his own bank account.
U.S. District Judge Stephan P. Mickle sentenced Ali Hammoud on Monday in Tallahassee. Hammoud pleaded guilty to five counts of wire fraud and identity theft as part of a sealed plea agreement that could see him testify against others.