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article imageOp-Ed: A talk of crime, questionable redemption, political ties, payback

By Bill Schmalfeldt     Aug 15, 2012 in Politics
Fort Worth - This is a story that will take some telling. It deals with public figures, and all facts presented here are documented, all opinions are clearly stated as the opinion of the writer. It is a complicated story that will be told in sections.
It is a uniquely American story. Crime, punishment, redemption, success.
But in most success stories, there is clear documentation as to how the person rose to such a level of success. This story has holes one could drive a large truck through.
How does one go from being a convicted felon in 2007 to becoming a bright and rising young star of the Republican party in 2012... all before his probation even expired... without some help or financing or special love from... someone?
Like all stories, this one has a beginning. We go back to late 2006 when a young man got into trouble with the law.
His name, Ali Akbar, an underprivileged kid living in the Fort Worth area.
No one looks good in a mugshot.
No one looks good in a mugshot.
Mugshots Online
In November 2006, he was busted for stealing several items from a Fort Worth woman.
In early December, he broke into a van, stole a debit card, and attempted to use it.
In April 2008, Akbar took a guilty plea for the Debit Card fraud, was sentenced to four years probation and $400 restitution.
In between his illegal activities and his sentencing, he got involved in Republican Party politics.
In 2007, he became a member of the John McCain campaign. This is something he has both acknowledged and denied at different times.
On Dec. 17, 2007 -- four months before his sentencing -- Akbar ran afoul of the publisher of a website called "The Libertarian Republican" who wrote:
John McCain Campaign Staffer Ali Akbar from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, is alleged to have discused using voter fraud techniques. This occured in an extended conference call within 1 month ago, with two other political operatives, one a volunteer for Ron Paul for President in Nevada. The staffer is in charge of a very key McCain for President campaign area. The staffer has been contacted by "higher-ups" in the McCain camp asking him to explain his statements.
More details emerging...
According to one sourve in the DFW area Akbar has had past problems with the law including credit card fraud. And that he might in fact be on parole.
The blog post continues:
Both Joey Dauben and Chuck Geshlider will be guests tonight at 8:00 pm cst on Blog Talk Radio's "Libertarian Politics Live." They will discuss the growing scandal involving McCain for President staffer Ali Akbar, and what they heard in the conference call. Call-in number is 646-915-9887. The show lasts one hour.
These days, Joey Dauben is appearing before a judge, facing charges of fraudulent use of identifying information while in jail over charges that he sexually abused a child. The abuse charge was dismissed. We told you this is a complicated story. After accusing Akbar, Dauben worked WITH Akbar.
After being released from the Tarrant County jail, Akbar moved a little bit south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metro and found work as a web developer for the Ellis County Observer, for which Dauben was publisher. He soon ran into ethical problems in this job, as reported here.
Akbar was an executive editor and webmaster at the Observer, but was accused by proprietor Dauben of endorsing voter fraud tactics. But Akbar helped Dauben determine via IP address tracing certain posts that on the Observer that he says were made by his arch-enemy (John) Hoskins.
After signing his probation papers, Akbar lit off for South Georgia -- but not before telling a reporter for the Dallas Morning News in September 2008 that he was a student at the University of North Texas... which he was.
He was a student there, according to the registrar, for four months in 2005.
So, it was off to Georgia, to follow a rising star in the Republican Party. With no job, no visible means of support, and a felony conviction following him, what was a young Republican going to do with himself and how would he make a life in this new environment.
That will be next in the series.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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