SAN MARCOS – Authorities today called for further alleged victims of a 35-year-old man accused of running a loan shaking program aimed primarily at Latinos in San Diego County.
FBI agents and Escondido police officers arrested Hamze Mohamad Karnib on Thursday at his San Marcos home on suspicion of extortion and criminal threats, said FBI spokeswoman Davene Butler.
Karnib allegedly targeted Latinos and requested a repayment well in excess of the amounts borrowed from his victims, Butler said. He then allegedly intimidated and threatened borrowers who could not meet his demands.
According to prison records, he was being held instead of the $ 50,000 scheduled for January 8th at 1:30 p.m.
“Threatening and criminal behavior targeting Latinos or other members of our community will not be tolerated,” San Diego County’s District Attorney Summer Stephan said in a statement. “Our prosecution is reviewing the thorough and dedicated investigation by the FBI and Escondido Police Department to determine the relevant criminal charges that hold him accountable.”
The authorities are asking anyone who has been a victim of Karnib or has information about their loan-sharing activities to contact the FBI at 858-320-1800 or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.