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Suspects in organized theft ring appear in court

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Updated: 5/10/2013 12:26 pm
GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- Four people arrested in an organized theft ring appeared in a Clay County courtroom today via closed-circuit television.

Abas Issa, of Orange Park, faces six counts of organized dealing in stolen property and 1 count of racketeering.  The racketeering charge carries a $1 million bond.

Yousef Issa, of Fleming Island, faces four counts of organized dealing in stolen property and 1 count of racketeering.

Emad Abdulijaber, of Jacksonville, faces one count of organized dealing in stolen property.  His bond is set at $100,000.

Antoun Arbaji, of Jacksonville, is facing three counts of organized dealing in stolen property and one count of racketeering.

The four suspects, in order to make bail, have to surrender their passports, wear a GPS ankle monitor, have no contact with each other, and go through a Nebbia hearing.  During the hearing, the suspects have to prove the money they're using for bond is legitimate and not from illegal activities.

The presiding judge called this case, "unusual."  "I've been doing this a lot of years and I've never seen anything like this," said Judge Timothy R. Collins.

George Salameh of Jacksonville did not appear in Clay County court because he is being held on federal charges.

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