Dubai’s Golden Sands Profiles

Adnan Khamis Abuzanat

Adnan Khamis Abuzanat, a Minnesota businessman, was involved in a health care fraud scheme that cheated the state of Minnesota out of US$ 120,000 in welfare benefits, according to the FBI.

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Guerman Goutorov

Guerman Goutorov is the chairman of the Canada-based Streit Group, one of the world’s largest private armored vehicle manufacturers.

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Hossein Pournaghshband

Hossein Pournaghshband, an Iranian citizen, was sanctioned by the United States in January 2016 for allegedly providing material assistance to Iran’s ballistic missile program.

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Kambiz Mahmoud Rostamian

Kambiz Mahmoud Rostamian, an Iranian citizen, was sanctioned by the United States in February 2016 for allegedly providing “financial, material, technological, or other support” to two Iranian conglomerates involved in his country’s ballistic missile program.

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Mohamed Tajideen

Mohamed Tajideen is the son of Kassim Tajideen, a Lebanese-Belgian citizen the United States has called an “important financial contributor to Hezbollah.”

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Othman El Ballouti

For two years, Othman El Ballouti, allegedly one of Europe’s major cocaine traffickers, has been on the run from Belgian police, who suspect him to be hiding in Dubai. Now a leaked database of real estate information shows the alleged drug lord owns property in the emirate.

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Sami Bebawi

Sami Bebawi was a vice president of Montreal-based engineering firm, SNC-Lavalin, from 2000 to 2006. He stands accused of fraud, extortion, bribing a foreign official, obstruction of justice, possession of the proceeds of a crime, and money laundering.

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Suleiman Marouf

Suleiman Marouf is a Syrian businessman who has been called Bashar al-Assad’s “fixer.”

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Flamur and Fatmir Azemi

On the night of Dec. 11, 2013 in Prague’s Old Town, four men jumped out of a Porsche Cayenne on Kaprova Street and attacked the security guards of the COCO Cafe Cocktail Bar.

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Hassein Eduardo Figueroa Gomez

Hassein Eduardo Figueroa Gomez is the son of an established drug trafficker.

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Karla Dorsch

Karla Dorsch is the Dubai-based Managing Director of ‎Piedmont St. James Ltd., an executive leadership recruitment firm, which she helped found in 1999.

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Kamchybek Kolbayev

In March 2011, investigators in Kyrgyzstan arrested a man in the outskirts of the capital Bishkek. At his apartment they found $20,000 in cash, a diverse spectrum of weapons, and 2.5 kilos of drugs, including one package neatly labeled “To my brother Kamchy.”

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Khadem Al Qubaisi and Tasameem Real Estate

Khadem Al Qubaisi is an Emirati businessman who, while in charge of two Abu Dhabi state companies, enriched himself and his associates by diverting billions of dollar of public funds using a fleet of businesses and shell companies across the world.

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Vasily Khristoforov

Drug trafficker and Russian organized crime figure Vasily Khristoforov was designated by the US Treasury in 2017 as a representative of the “Thieves in Law,” a Eurasian transnational criminal network.

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