A fatal wreck involving a truck on Interstate 55 in Illinois led to an FBI investigation after a large amount of cash, checks and multiple IDs
were found in one of the cars involved.
The chain-reaction wreck started when a semi driven by
Benton Chapman of Edmond, OK, rear-ended a car that had come to a stop in
traffic. That set off a chain reaction that ultimately involved seven other
cars. A Chicago woman and a Puerto Rican physician were killed.
The Chicago Tribune reported that one of the other
cars was found to have a check for a large sum of money along with a large
amount of cash. The passenger of that car was the Puerto Rican physician who
was killed. He was not a resident of the U.S.
The scenario set off alarm bells
with the FBI, but a subsequent investigation – along with information from the
man’s family – found that the Puerto Rican physician, Lafi Hussein Nofal, had real estate and business
investments in Chicago and was in town to deal with a lawsuit involving one of
Though he lived in Puerto Rico, Nofal’s
lawyer told the Tribune that his Middle Eastern ethnicity
probably played a role in fueling the FBI’s suspicions of possible links to
terrorism, even though none were found.
Nofal did have an Illinois identification card registered to
the address of one of his business partners, but his lawyer told the Tribune that was probably just so he could do business in the state more easily.