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Bank Has Arab Family Locked Up For Depositing Check

12 Sep

This one looks like a major lawsuit in the making.

Had a situation once where I had deposited a large check into a business account, from an out-of-state bank The bank promptly notified me they would have to “hold” the check 10 days to “verify” the check. Having worked on two the five “FEDS” in the US, I knew this was bullshit. The checks clear overnight once submitted through the FED. The bank gets the money, that night. Major row with the bank resulting in a call from my lawyer – ending in the bank having to issue me a cashier’s check for the amount drawn on their bank as they already had sent the check through. Changed banks a week later to a bank with a bit more common sense than to try and rip off the customers by “holding” money in their investment account (making them money) for long periods of time.

But that is nothing compared to what these whackjobs did in Kansas…I am not even sure of the legal basis to do this prior to contacting the originating bank to verify the check would be honored. Even worse – under what mutilation of the Law is the whole family arrested?

The Chumph’s America – racist to the core.

Bank has entire Arab-American family arrested after father tries to deposit large check from home sale

In Kansas, an Iraqi-American doctoral student was arrested along with his family after attemping (sic) to deposit a large check from the sale of their old house.

According to Wichita State’s student newspaper The Sunflower, Sattar Ali, who moved to the United States in 1993, took a check for $151,000 from the sale of his family’s old house in Michigan to Wichita’s Emprise Bank. As he told local news station KAKE, he brought verification documents along with him, but a few minutes after he first presented tellers with the check, he was in handcuffs.

After being taken outside, Ali discovered his wife Hadil and their 15-year-old daughter Hawra were in the backseat of the police car waiting for him. Sometime during their three-hour detainment, Ali said police called his 11-year-old son’s school to tell them to hold him because his parents had been arrested.

He said he didn’t discover until after they were released that he and his family had been arrested because the bank claimed they could not verify the large check and believed it was fraudulent.

“No one told me why I was being arrested until we were being released,” Ali told The Sunflower. “They didn’t read me rights or anything.”

“We were devastated. Terrified. Crying the whole time,” Ali said. “We had no idea what the arrest was for.”

Ali told The Sunflower he believes he and his family were racially profiled because the large check came from someone with his name and not someone named “James or Robert.”

“Let’s assume I made a mistake and gave them a bad check,” Ali said. “Why would they arrest my wife and daughter?”

Ali, who along with his wife and children are American citizens, lived in Wichita from 1998 to 2008, and was returning to get his doctorate in engineering from Wichita State, where his eldest son is a freshman. He said the arrest marked his first time feeling unwelcome in the Kansas city.

“I would expect this in the 1950s,” Ali said. “Not now.”

 

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One response to “Bank Has Arab Family Locked Up For Depositing Check

  1. This_Is_An_Outrage

    September 13, 2017 at 11:16 AM

    From a simple examination of the timeline involved, this case is not about a check or the suspicion of fraud. The timings are too close together to suggest that any examination of the proffered check actually took place. From Mr. Ali’s version, more details of which are presented in other sites, he was arrested in minutes and taken outside to be confronted by as many as 15 police cruisers.
    It would more likely appear that the bank, upon seeing an arabic looking man and two women in hijabs appear in front of their building, placed a call before Mr. Ali even entered. The bank personnel most probably feared a terroristic attack. The sizeable police response would be commensurate with such a call.
    It behooves the press to quickly, before they are “lost” to get the 911 and dispatcher recordings of the incident.
    The bank version citing “suspected check fraud” is simply a CYA story. this would be further borne out by Emprise management saying their staff acted correctly, and should act similarly again under the same circumstances. For check fraud? No. For terroristic attack, perhaps.
    I belive the Ali family has a cause of action in this case. And I believe the repercussions from this case should result in the eventual demise of the Emprise Bank as a functioning entity.

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