A former congressman and delegate to the United Nations was indicted Wednesday as part of a terrorist fundraising ring that allegedly sent more than $130,000 to an al-Qaida and Taliban supporter who has threatened U.S. and international troops in Afghanistan.
Mark Deli Siljander, a Michigan Republican when he was in the House, was charged with money laundering, conspiracy and obstructing justice for allegedly lying about lobbying senators on behalf of an Islamic charity that authorities said was secretly sending funds to terrorists.
Siljander served in Congress from 1981 to 1987. He was elected by special election to replace David Stockman, who resigned to take the position of Director of the OMB under President Reagan. He served the state’s 4th Congressional District, which is a large one in the center of the state north of the most densely populated areas and included Mt. Pleasant. (Traverse City is also in today’s 4th District, but was not when Siljander served.)
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