Ethics complaint accuses Omar of fraud and perjury

A judicial watchdog group says Rep. Ilhan Omar committed fraud and perjury, according to a complaint it filed with U.S. House of Representatives.

By World Israel News Staff

The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a complaint on Tuesday with the U.S. House of Representatives’ ethics office requesting an investigation into alleged “wrongdoing” committed by Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.

The complaint accuses Omar of perjury, immigration fraud, marriage fraud, state and federal tax fraud, and federal student loan fraud in violation of both federal law and Minnesota state law.

President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton called on the House of Representatives to “urgently investigate and resolve the serious allegations of wrongdoing by Rep. Omar.”

“Substantial, compelling and, to date, unrefuted evidence” supports the allegations, Fitton maintained, according to The Daily Signal.

Investigative reporters David Steinberg, Preya Samsundar and Scott Johnson collected the documents and records submitted with the complaint against Omar, which were sourced in both the United States and the United Kingdom over a three-year period.

According to The Daily Signal, this material includes public records, social media content, genealogy records, computer forensic analyses, photographs, conversations between investigative reporters and the subjects of the investigation, and information supplied by confidential sources within the Somali-American community.

Omar immigrated to the U.S. as a child to escape the civil war in her native Somalia, settling in Minnesota with her family.

According to Judicial Watch’s complaint, “Rep. Ilhan Abdullahi Omar, a citizen of the United States, married her biological brother, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, a citizen of the United Kingdom, in 2009, presumably as part of an immigration fraud scheme. The couple legally divorced in 2017.”

Omar filed for a “default” divorce from Elmi in 2017 in Minnesota district court, swearing under penalty of perjury that she had not seen Elmi since 2011 and could not locate him.

Photographs posted to social media, which have since been deleted, allegedly show Elmi with Omar in London in 2015.

According to Minnesota law, lying on a sworn form represents perjury, punishable by five years in prison. Judicial Watch accused Omar of falsely swearing on the divorce form six times.

“The evidence is overwhelming Rep. Omar may have violated the law and House rules,” stated Fitton.  “The House of Representatives must urgently investigate and resolve the serious allegations of wrongdoing by Rep. Omar. We encourage Americans to share their views on Rep. Omar’s apparent misconduct with their congressmen.”

In the past, Omar dismissed allegations regarding her marriage to Elmi as “disgusting lies.”

Omar’s hometown newspaper, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, published a number of articles on Omar’s marital history, with a June 23 article commenting that the paper “could neither conclusively confirm nor rebut the allegation that [Elmi] is Omar’s sibling.”

Judicial Watch is an American conservative activist group that files Freedom of Information Act lawsuits to investigate claimed misconduct by government officials.