24 November 2008

* Bank Al Madina Conspiracy Time Line (part B): The Evil Plot

THE EVIL PLOT from 1997 to 2002

Rana planned and executed her massive conspiracy on two fronts, internally at the bank with the help of many key officials, and externally with the help of her two brothers, Taha and Bassel, and her father, Abd EI­Rahim Koleilat.

Internally at the bank, her prominent position, as the bank owners’ most entrusted person and secretary, her wicked mind and her skills in deception techniques and trickery methods enabled her to win the minds of many key bank officials and managers who were fundamental and essential in her conspiracy scheme, and to convince them to cater to her needs. Some of the methods she used to convince them were as follows:

By falsely claiming to be the wife of Dr Adnan Abou Ayyash

By threatening that she would work on firing them if they didn’t follow her orders. Noting that she actually got rid of many non­collaborating persons by convincing the general manager that they were useless.

Buying them off with valuable gifts and tempting rewards such as luxurious apartments and cars. She bribed them and used this against them in order to guarantee their silence. (More than 50 apartments were distributed as kickback to many managers and officials)

By claiming that she was backed by and closely connected to very high ranking government and army intelligence officials both locally and regionally and that she had their full support. This was sufficient to dissuade any disobedient person from revealing any information about her crimes for fear of their lives.

On the external front, and with the help of her brothers and father, she created a fake rich character, a relative of hers called “Ismail Tharwat Mohamad”, of Egyptian Nationality, who was married to Rana’s Aunt “Samira Sanadiki”, and who they claimed to be an extremely wealthy officer during the 50’s in the Egyptian army.

Rana preyed on Dr Adnan and Mr. Ibrahim’s honesty and integrity and began by convincing Ibrahim that Ismail Tharwat was well-off and that all the money she was getting was from him. In order to make the scheme more realistic, she even claimed that her family was taking care of Ismail’s only son, Mohammed, who was psychologically and physically impaired and that is why Ismail had been rewarding them for their benevolence.

To make her lie even more plausible she tried later to create another fictitious rich character, a man called “Adel Amara”, of Egyptian nationality who she claimed was a relative and a partner of Ismail Tharwat. Her deceitful plot swayed Ibrahim and later his brother, Dr Adnan who were now convinced that Rana sudden wealth was from her Uncle Ismail, the rich Egyptian from heaven.

All the above corrupted maneuvers resulted in mesmerizing bank employees and officials and little by little Rana Koleilat was able to create a web of deception around her with an important help and contribution from a mob of key officials manifested by the accounting manager, the computer manager, the swift department manager and the main branch manager. Rana, with the help of her mob, perpetrated the crime of stealing and laundering the money of Dr Adnan Abou Ayyash and the bank depositors.

Between 1998 and 2002, Dr Adnan was transferring funds to the bank AI­Madina, either to his brother or to his own account (account # 69911) with AI-Madina. The transfers were either necessitated by the expansion plans of the bank and the increase in shareholders’ capital needed, and for improving liquidity. Other transfers were also due to Dr Adnan ultimate intention to come back to his home country and live there permanently. Dr Adnan biggest shock, was when it was later revealed (in 2003) that the account # 69911 did not exist with the bank which means that Rana was crediting the funds transferred into other accounts and using them systematically. She had given Dr Adnan a saving passbook for the money transferred (about 900 Millions with the interest) which made him think that his money was safe but he did not know that this passbook was forged by her and Iman Daher (the main branch manager) and had no underlying funds whatsoever. She had managed to steal the money over the years.

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