Exclusive: Mystery Mosque Money Man In Medicaid Fix

Hisham Elzanaty Contributed Big Bucks To Purchase Of Site

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — There were new revelations Tuesday about the mysterious money man behind the purchase of the so-called ground zero mosque, as two high-ranking politicians call for an investigation on the source of the money.

CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reports exclusively that the Egyptian investor who put up a large chunk  of the money used to buy the building for the mosque and cultural center near ground zero owns a health care empire operating out of a Bronx building that is now under scrutiny by the state’s Medicaid inspector general.

“If there’s any credible information about wrongdoing it absolutely should be investigated,” state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said.

CBS 2 has learned that the facilities owned by Hisham Elzanaty, who gave mosque developer Sharif El-Gamal money to help buy the old Burlington Coat Factory on Park Place, are “‘on the radar” of the Medicaid inspector general for new audits.

A previous audit done by the inspector general for 2004 and 2005 of one of the Elzanaty establishments sought reimbursement for more than $331,000 due to “missing documentation” or “no documentation” to support the claims.

City Comptroller John Liu said he supports the audits.

“I think any kind of possible Medicaid fraud should be investigated to the fullest. Medicaid funding is absolutely critical for New York and we can’t waste any of it on fraudulent or inappropriate uses,” Liu said.

Last week CBS 2 told you about how the State Farm insurance company had filed a multi-million dollar civil lawsuit against Mr. Elzanaty, claiming that he sought reimbursement for unnecessary tests on drivers in car accidents.

With the evidence mounting, others think state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo should take a look at where Mr. Elzanaty got the money to invest in the site.

“The attorney general has a role to look at all of this stuff. You don’t look at this any harder or any less hard because it happens to be a Muslim facility. What you do is you look at it to make sure the law is being observed,” said Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, (D-Westchester).

The lawyer for Elzanaty said he’s not surprised that there would be more Medicaid audits, but he said it’s because the state has fiscal problems and they need to reduce the money they spend on Medicaid.

Meanwhile, the NYPD is gearing up for new demonstrations, for and against the mosque, scheduled for Saturday — the ninth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center.


One Comment

  1. elabbasa says:

    I do understand Pastor Terry Jone’s openion. He wants to express his anger and BURN not LEARN. He has no Idea about the tolerance of Islam and don’t differenciate between Islam itself and some radicals like him with Islamic names and IDs. The idea saying that Quran teaches violence and cruility is completely wrong, because the Holly Books are from same source (ONE GOD), message to humanity in different languges to different nations on different times and situations!!!!!!!! The message is to beleive in God the creator. So Islam is the same religion carried by all Messangers and Prophets, to humanbeings.
    Allah says in Holly Quran:
    “How can you disbelieve in Allah when you were lifeless and He brought you to life; then He will cause you to die, then He will bring you [back] to life, and then to Him you will be returned.”
    “Mix not truth with falsehood, nor conceal the truth written in your Scriptures, the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel)] while you know (the truth) “.
    “Abraham instructed his sons [to do the same] and [so did] Jacob, [saying], “O my sons, indeed Allah has chosen for you this religion, so do not die except while you are Muslims.”
    “When death appeared before Jacob? Behold, he said to his sons: “What will ye worship after me?” They said: “We shall worship Thy god and the god of thy fathers, of Abraham, Isma’il and Isaac,- the one (True) Allah: To Him we bow (in Islam).”
    “Remember when the angels said: “O Maryam (Mary)! Verily, Allah gives you the glad tidings i.e. ‘Iesa (Jesus) the son of Maryam from Him, his name will be the Messiah ‘Iesa (Jesus), the son of Maryam , held in honour in this world and lifeafter.”
    Such praising and honour expressed to Mary the Virgin and Jesus not to be burnt.It will not harm Islam but hurting Pastor Terry Jones himself being exposed to the media.
    “Do not be grieved, [O Muhammad], by those who hasten into disbelief. Indeed, they will never harm Allah at all. Allah intends that He should give them no share in the Hereafter, and for them is a great punishment.”
    “Everyone is going to taste death, and We shall make a trial of you with evil and with good, and to Us you will be returned “Allah says.
    God Bless beleivers who planned to build Community Cultural Center for all American citizens with prayer to worship God and ask forgiveness for the victims of Ground Zero of different nations and ages. Also to pave the way for doubtful disbeleivers to LEARN not BURN the Holly Books (Godspell).

  2. Mike says:

    Everything needs to be accounted for. Still, despite 9/11 being 32 dark skinned Muslims, remember it’s a religion and not a race. There are Bosnia muslims, muslims, italian muslims, german muslims, american muslims, just like there are italian catholics, german catholics, bosnian catholics, american catholics. If there’s a link to anyone being a terrorist, take them out that’s why the Patriot act was ordered. But if American muslims trying to pray, leave them alone.

  3. greg says:


  4. loubator says:

    And let’s not forget that CAIR is funded by those wonderful terrorists, Ham-ass!

  5. junior says:

    Lets all just put towels on our heads and call it a day.

  6. jay says:

    if this mosque hadnt been under such scrutiny they wouldnt have found this guy in the first place

  7. gary says:

    its good to see our medicaid money going to a good cause maybe we can give them the statue of liberty

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