I must admit that when I first saw the picture I was taken aback. My mind had to process the image. I never knew that Lionel Jefferson from the 1970’s sitcom The Jefferson’s was a multiple, convicted felon and con man. However upon closer inspection of the picture it hit me; this was not Lionel Jefferson of sitcom fame but rather the leader of the Muslim American Society (MAS), “Imam” Mahdi Bray.
All satire aside, this latest scandal involving “Mahdi” Bray is only the latest in a long series of revelations which have converged into a kind of criminal motif involving other now infamous names like“Shaykh” Khalid Yasin (con man and fraud), Dawud Adib (the man of thirty marriages), Mauri Saalakhan (admitted wife beater), the scholars for dollars and diva cult leaders that have been exposed on the Salafi Burnout blog . Long time readers of this blog will remember that during the course of my expose on the fraud and deceit of the Immigrant Muslim Syndicate, “Imam” Mahdi Bray (through a paid MAS surrogate) launched a vicious, scurrilous, and COMPLETELY FALSE attack against my character in some vain, desperate attempt to discredit or even silence this blog. Bray completely made things up. That shows what kind of person we are dealing with here, so I didn’t need to see Bray’s criminal record to know how thoroughly evil and corrupt he is because I KNOW HIM PERSONALLY!
Let me make this as plain as I possibly can so that no one misunderstands what I am saying: Mahdi Bray is a nasty, criminal, low life PIECE OF SHIT; an individual so debased, so amoral, so utterly despicable, that he stole his own grandfather’s workman compensation checks long after becoming a Muslim! A man – that even now- will say ANYTHING to save himself or his job. I will say this to his face any time and any place because I sincerely believe that and have SEEN this to be the case.
That’s right! The man that MAS represents to the public as “a long time civil and human rights activist”and “Imam” , is in reality a slimy street hustler and con man whose known by many names; Wrighty Bray, Wright Bray IV, Wrighty Bray Jr. Herbert Bray, Dwight Bray, W. Mahdi Bray and – the name people know him as today – Mahdi Bray. During the 1980’s, long after he converted to Islam in the mid to late 70’s, Wrighty embarked on a crime spree in Norfork, Va. which when finally concluded, earned him three felony convictions and multiple prison sentences in federal institutions. His offenses included everything from cocaine and marijuana possession, grand larceny for writing bad checks, voter fraud, to the above mentioned fraud of stealing his dead grandfather’s checks.
In February 1981, using the name Wright Bray IV, “Mahdi” was spotted apparently in the middle of receiving a “blow job” in a car parked at 719 East Ocean Ave. in Norfork, Va. When police approached the car at 12:30 am, they “observed a black female bending over a black male’s lap”. It was then they saw a marijauna joint and a bag of cocaine in plain sight, which Mahdi quickly swallowed in order to destroy the evidence. Upon his arrest he claimed that the marijuana was his, but not the cocaine, which he said belonged to the women providing the “services”. Not content with that arrest, and only two weeks later, Wrighty was arrested again for cashing checks off a dead account! He was convicted both for the cocaine and larceny charges and received a sentenced of three years in the penitentiary.
“Imam Wrighty “Mahdi” Bray Defrauds the Government by Stealing His Grandfather’s Identity
In December of 1929, Mahdi Bray’s then 25 year-old grandfather, Wrighty Bray, Jr, was involved in a terrible accident on his job at the Norfork, Va Navy yards, which resulted sadly in the loss of his leg. Under the Federal Employee’s Compensation Act, Mr Bray was entitled to receive worker’s compensation for the rest of his life, which he did without any problems until he died in 1975 at the age of 71. At that point of course the benefits were suppose to stop, however the criminally minded Mahdi, being the namesake of his grandfather,
Devised and intended to devise a scheme and artifice to defraud the United States of America…by means of false and fraudulent pretenses, representations, and promises.
In other words, he pretended to be his grandfather and continued receiving and cashing his checks to the tune of $71,000! You can see the entire court brief here. Government regulators became suspicious when they no longer received any medical bills from the senior Bray, nor were their letters to him responded to. The government believed that Wrighty Bray, Jr was indeed dead, and documented that suspicion in a hand written note. All that remained now was to lay and wait for someone as stupid and crooked as “Imam” Mahdi “Wrighty” Bray to show up at the benefits office with fraudulently signed forms and they’d have their suspect. And that is precisely what happened. Mahdi tried to drop off the forms by posing as someone called Herbert Bray. They wanted to ask him some questions about his grandfather but he claimed to be double parked and had to run. He could neither provide a phone number or means to contact the old man. Read the hand written note of the government regulator here.
To make a long story short, “Imam” “Wrighty” was indicted in June 1988 of 64 counts of mail fraud and receipt of stolen U.S. securities. On June 26, 1989, Bray plead guilty to one count of mail fraud and given a 36 month sentence. He also had to make a full restitution of the $71,000 he stole. Keep in mind that all of this happened while he was Muslim so the claims of “transformation” by this slimeball ring completely hollow.
“Imam” Mahdi “Wrighty” Bray’s Completely Fraudulent Biography.
Mahdi Bray’s scant biography is not just murky and vague, but is in fact completely fraudulent without a shred of truth in it. It is an persona constructed out of whole cloth. He has consistently represented himself as a “long time civil rights activist” and in some bios even said that he was involved with SNCC. Looking at the long criminal record, we can see that this simply is not true. This did not stop him however from representing himself in that light.
Anyone who meets Bray knows that he is woefully ignorant of Islam, much less being an “Imam”. Where is the community he leads? Where is his congregation? Where is his masjid? Where did he get his Islamic education. I remember him from the days when he used to beg me, AS A REAL IMAM, to teach him Arabic. The next time I looked up he was calling himself an Imam. Everything about this man reeks of fraud! In fact, there’s no evidence that Mahdi even has a high school diploma or GED. The guy is a complete disgrace, and it’s absolutely frightening that innocent people make life decisions on the word of wanton criminals like Wrighty Bray. This entire scheme is a long line of hustles for ol’ Wright. He is riding the Imam “gravy train”.
To prove how trifling Wrighty Bray really is, just last year he served three days in jail for traffic related offences and there’s a strong possiblity he’s guilty of voter fraud. It’s time for decent, honest, sober-minded people to wake up and kick the criminals out, for failure to do so will only mean they get what they deserve .