Statement of Robert Mueller, FBI director:
STATEMENT FOR THE RECORD, FBI DIRECTOR ROBERT S. MUELLER III, JOINT INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE INQUIRY.
On April 18, 2000, Nawaf al-Hazmi received a wire transfer in the amount of $5,000 from Ali Abdul Aziz Ali. The funds were sent from the UAE by Ali to Adel Rafeea in San Diego, California who has said that al-Hazmi asked him to accept the funds into his account on his (al-Hazmi's) behalf. According to Rafeea, he then gave the funds to al-Hazmi.
On June 29, 2000, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali (using the alias Isam Mansur) wired $5,000.00 to Marwan al-Shehhi. The funds were sent via Western Union from the UAE to al-Shehhi in New York, New York.
Statement on wikipedia:
On April 18, Ammar al-Baluchi sent a wire transfer of $5000 to Adel Rafeea, the administrator of the Islamic Center of San Diego, from the Wall Street Exchange Centre in Dubai, using his PO Box, passport and listing his phone number as 0506745651. Rafeaa later claimed that Nawaf al-Hazmi had asked him to accept the money on his behalf.
The Islamic Centre of San Diego was at 7050 Eckstrom Ave, San Diego, CA 92111.
An online database for Adel Rafeea returned an address of 5001 Rockford, San Diego. Another resident here Mark Goldfinger, was also living in Hollywood Fl. He in fact used 3389 Sheridan, the address of Mohamed Atta, there.
A lost moeny website online provides this info:
GULF AMER CONSULT CO
Last known address: C/O ADEL RAFEEA 11063 CAMINITO ALEGRA SAN DIEGO CA 92131-3504
Property id number: 962400534
Property rec id: 16621809
Reported owner address: C/O ADEL RAFEEA 11063 CAMINITO ALEGRA SAN DIEGO CA 92131-3504
Type of property: Credit Balance- Accts Rec
Reported by: AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY
Cash Reported: 3.75
Interviewe FBI SSA Adam Drucker:
Drucker confirmed that Rafeea was an unwitting dupe, who came forward after 9/] I to tell the FBI that he had received a wire transfer of$5,OOO for AI- Hazmi after meeting him at the mosque. There is no reason to believe Rafeea was witting, and his coming forward helped the FBI discover the wire transfer much earlier than it otherwise would have. The FBI has no idea why Al-Hazmi would have first asked Rafeea to borrow $500, although it is possible Rafeea was wrong about that, or AI- Hazmi asked as a way to work into the wire transfer request. Drucker had no idea as to why the hijackers would bring in a third party rather than receive the funds themselves. except to suggest it was tradecraft. There is no evidence that the hijackers ever asked to borrow money from anyone else.