There have been fraud allegations of various descriptions swirling around Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for the past several years, and reports have emerged in recent weeks that federal law enforcement agencies may be taking a closer look at those accusations.
Those early reports have now received additional confirmation by way of the New York Post, which reported that, in addition to as many as two other federal entities, the FBI is conducting a review of claims lodged against the congresswoman — including the assertion that she committed immigration, marriage, and tax fraud by marrying her biological brother.
Report: Feds probing Omar
Echoing an initial report from TheBlaze, the Post revealed that in October two FBI agents met with a “concerned party” and received a “trove of documents” relating to Omar’s marriage in 2009 to a man named Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, who has been alleged to be Omar’s brother.
Central to that allegation is the claim that Omar married Elmi, a citizen of the United Kingdom, so he could get a green card and attend college in the United States.
The agents who received the documents reportedly informed the “concerned party” that the information would be shared with both U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Department of Education.
However, there was apparently no commitment to launch a full-fledged investigation, and none of the three agencies would confirm or deny the existence of any probe when queried by the Post.
Multiple claims of fraud
The Daily Wire reported that if the allegations are true, and if federal probes have indeed been opened into the allegations against Omar, she could face charges of violating of immigration laws and committing education and student loan fraud, marriage fraud, tax fraud, and even perjury.
The bulk of these allegations stem from Omar’s marriage to Elmi in 2009, whom she wed after splitting with her first husband, Ahmed Hirsi, whom she unofficially married in their “faith tradition” in 2002 and with whom she had two children.
Omar and Elmi reportedly remained together until 2011 — while they both attended North Dakota State University — but while they may have split in 2011, they were not officially divorced until 2017. Meanwhile, Omar and Hirsi reportedly reconciled in 2012, had a third child together, and were officially married in 2018, only to legally divorce in 2019.
Raising eyebrows amid all of this is evidence suggesting that Omar and Hirsi and Elmi all lived together at the same address during the years spanning 2009 and 2011. Matters have been further complicated by Omar’s filing of joint tax returns with Hirsi in 2014 and in 2015 — even though she was still officially married to Elmi at that time.
If even half of what has been alleged against Omar is verified as true, and federal investigators are looking closely at her, the congresswoman could be facing a world of trouble. But for her part, Omar denied it all and dismissed such claims as baseless conspiracy theories.
For now, we will simply have to be patient and await further evidence of federal action to see if Omar will indeed be called to account for her allegedly criminal behavior.