Orange County CVS Pharmacist Admits Aiding Middle East Terrorists, Faces Feb. 15 Sentencing

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OC CVS pharmacist wired money from Buena Park Ralph's to aid anti-American terrorists
Despite initially claiming post-2011 arrest innocence and implying that the FBI had manufactured a false case that she aided Middle East terrorists, an Orange County pharmacist has pleaded guilty and faces sentencing next month.

Turkey native and legal U.S. resident Oytun Ayse Mihalik of La Palma worked at CVS and, using the name Cindy Palmer, repeatedly wired funds from a Buena Park Ralph's grocery store in 2010 to individuals who resided in Pakistan and Turkey and were plotting to murder U.S. soldiers.

In August, 2011, FBI field agents in Santa Ana questioned Mihalik, then 39 years old, about her suspicious 2008 marriage to a U.S. citizen and the more suspicious financial transactions. 

The next day agents watched her travel to LAX and arrested her before she could board an American Airlines flight with a one-way ticket to Istanbul. 

Defense lawyers for Mihalik claimed she was innocent and demanded that the U.S. Government give them access to top secret espionage records involving proof that Mihalik had wired the money to terrorism-tied individuals.

But in August 2012, Mihalik signed a guilty plea statement, according to records inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana.

The government got that confession sealed from public view.

However, other official records obtained by OC Weekly show that Mihalik won a reduction of three counts by pleading guilty to one charge: knowingly "providing material support to terrorists" determined to kill Americans. 

On Feb. 15, U.S. District Court Judge Josephine Staton Tucker is scheduled to sentence Mihalik, who has already agreed to be permanently deported back to Turkey after serving any punishment, according to Department of Justice records.

In addition to using Palmer and her real name, Mihalik also identified herself over the years as Ayse Oytun Akin. She first entered the U.S. in 1994 at Cincinnati on a tourist visa and eventually found an American citizen to marry. 

Once she is deported she will only be allowed to legally enter the U.S. if the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security personally gives her permission.

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AndresRoca
AndresRoca

What does America gain by allowing Muslims to move to this country?

BobLoblawsLawBlog
BobLoblawsLawBlog

The same reason the Irish, Italians, Germans, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican and Canadians, Catholics, Buddihsts, Hindus, Jews and Anamists have been allowed.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@AndresRoca 3 years ago I was just north of Barcelona, in a small town, and to my surprise a woman with a hijab came walking down the road.  I turned to my college buddy, an American long resident in Catalunya -- fluent in both Catalan and Castellaño -- and asked him "what does she add?". He said "nothing, absolutely nothing."


n2bigmuscle
n2bigmuscle topcommenter

More votes for the politicans who cannot win with just plain Americans.  Just ask any Democarat/Republican why they are selling out and granting amnistey.  It's not just for the Mexicans but anyone who is here illegally, like Muslims.  I don't have problem with that relgion, just it's fan club that scares me.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@BobLoblawsLawBlog There was a time that immigration was necessary to populate the country (screwing the Indians, of course). Not necessary any longer. Hasn't been for a 100 years or more. That's why, in a saner time, we had a tight immigration policy, and one which reflected America's ethnic makeup. Those were good times -- vast middle class was born, we had the baby boom.  Time to return to that. 

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@BobLoblawsLawBlog Far more serious than 'we let X in Y decades ago, so we have to let Z in now, despite huge changes in the country and its economy.

Fact is during the mid to late 20th century, America reached its zenith economically, grew a huge middle class, had the baby boom, and put a man on the moon, all under a tight, ethnically balanced immigration policy.

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