- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Seven people were arrested as authorities on Tuesday raided Oakland’s Black Muslim Temple on allegations that a security organization based there submitted false information while seeking government contracts.

The group, BMT International Security Services, lied about insurance coverage and other matters, including claims that its leader was a former FBI agent and its guards ex-Navy Seals, Alameda County prosecutors said.

Those arrested include Black Muslim minister Dahood Sharieff Bey, 42, and his mother, Rory Parker, 63, the Oakland Tribune reported (https://bit.ly/1t4dXfY).

Bey is a disciple of - though not related to - Yusuf Bey, whose organization Your Black Muslim Bakery was the predecessor to Black Muslim Temple. Your Black Muslim Bakery collapsed in 2007 after members were convicted of the murder of journalist Chauncey Bailey and two other men.

Authorities allege Dahood Bey posed as a former FBI agent and “military marshal” named David Johnson who claimed at different times to have graduated from Harvard University or Princeton University and to have supplied security services to Disneyland.

The group sought and at times obtained lucrative contracts with Los Angeles agencies, Alameda County, Vallejo, Oakland, the Port of Oakland and Newport Beach.

It led “an organized and sophisticated criminal enterprise conducting an extraordinary variety of fraudulent activities,” District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said, involving “not only large-scale bid fraud victimizing local communities and cities and counties around the state, but also real estate fraud, insurance fraud, bankruptcy fraud, income tax evasion and the exploitation of workers by evading workers’ compensation insurance and payroll taxes.”

A call to the firm was not immediately returned.

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