Former NYC Employee Pleads Guilty to Supplying Gun for Antisemitic Attacks

By Hamodia Staff

Jamil Hakime.

A former youth development specialist at New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) employee pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to supplying a gun to two men who allegedly plotted antisemitic attacks on shuls in the New York area. He will face sentencing on July 18.

Jamil Hakime, 58, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to transport a firearm across state lines when he allegedly drove Christopher Brown and Matthew Mahrer to Pennsylvania to buy a gun, the New York Post reported. Brown and Mahrer were charged by New York State in November for allegedly plotting to attack synagogues in Manhattan.

According to the criminal complaint against Brown, he told police, “It took me three years to finally buy the gun. Matt (Mahrer) is one of my followers. I have Nazi paraphernalia in my house. I think it’s really cool.”

“This case involves, among other things, the trafficking of firearms by the defendant to two other individuals … who appear to have been engaged in coordinated efforts to threaten and attack one or more unidentified Jewish institutions in Manhattan,” prosecutors wrote.

“The two defendants possessed a firearm, a high-capacity magazine, ammunition, an [8-inch] long military-style knife, a swastika arm patch, a ski mask and a bulletproof vest, along with other things,” Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said in a statement after their arrests.

“Hateful anti-Semitic targeting of synagogues is deplorable,” Bragg said. “The Manhattan DA’s office will now pursue accountability and justice in this case with the full resources of our counter-terrorism program and recently enhanced and expanded hate crimes unit.”

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