12/3/10, "Citibank sues Ground Zero Mosque developer Sharif El-Gamal for $100,000," NY Daily News, by J. Fanelli
- "The developer of the so-called Ground Zero mosque owes nearly $100,000 in overdue credit, a new suit charges.
In a complaint filed in Manhattan court, Citibank charges Sharif El-Gamal and his real estate firm, Soho Properties, have balked at repaying $99,489 borrowed from a business credit account in the past year.
El-Gamal said the default was a standard way to negotiate better credit rates and that the matter would be resolved.
"In every industry at this time, major business leaders are working with their financial institutions to restructure their debt in order to take advantage of historically low interest rates," he said in a statement. "It is important to note that Soho Properties manages over $300 million worth of property."
- defaulted on a loan in 2009, the suit charges.
In August, a Manhattan landlord sued El-Gamal and Soho Properties for $39,000 in back rent. The suit was later withdrawn, and the matter was resolved out of court."
- 11/22/10, "Ground Zero Mosque group seeks another back room deal, $5 million from NYC 9-11 Redevelopment Fund (for which it's likely unqualified"
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