Monday, September 20, 2010
Former Finance Manager At DC Mosque Accused Of Embezzling "Hundreds Of Thousands" Of Dollars
According to published reports, Farzad Darui, 50, an Iranian-born US Citizen of Falls Church, Virginia and the former financial manager for The Islamic Center of Washington, D.C. is being sued again in federal court for allegedly embezzling "hundreds of thousands" of dollars from the Mosque. According to the complaint in the lawsuit, Darui altered legitimate signed checks to pay vendors by changing the name to entities he "owned and/or controlled." The complaint also asserted that Darui was employed as finance manager and bookkeeper from 1994 until 2006, when he was fired. The embezzlement allegedly began in 2000 and continued until his termination. The case was brought by authorities after the Mosque brought it to their attention and Darui was indicted in June 2007. However, the criminal case went to trial, but ended in a mistrial and was eventually the charges were dropped last month. At the time, it was alleged that Darui embezzled $430,000.