Convicted Terrorist Worked as Obamacare Navigator in Illinois

Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 12:04 PM

By Melanie Batley

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A convicted terrorist from Jordan briefly worked as an Obamacare navigator before officials became aware of her role in several bombings in Israel.

Rasmieh Yousef Odeh was a certified navigator in-person counselor in Illinois but her certification was revoked after the Illinois Department of Insurance discovered her prior convictions when the U.S. Attorney's office for the Eastern District of Michigan notified the public about them, according to The National Review

The Illinois Department of Insurance conducts background checks on navigators, but the FBI background report for Odeh does not note any past criminal offenses.

Odeh, who has as many as nine aliases, was indicted in October for allegedly lying on her U.S. immigration and naturalization application papers. She had been sworn in as a U.S. citizen in Michigan in 2004. If convicted, she would lose her U.S. citizenship and serve up to 10 years in prison.

Separately, the Illinois Insurance Code permits civil penalties to be levied after a hearing on any Obamacare navigator whose certificate has been revoked, according to National Review.

At the age of 21, Odeh joined the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a Marxist-Leninist group and original member of the Palestine Liberation Organization. The group has been designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the United States.

Odeh was involved in a 1969 bombing at a supermarket which killed two Hebrew University students in Jerusalem. The group also unsuccessfully attempted to bomb the British consulate in Jerusalem.

Odeh and four others were arrested and convicted for the bombings in an Israeli military court and sentenced to life in prison in 1969. After 10 years in prison and one failed escape attempt, Odeh was released and transferred to Lebanon as part of a prisoner swap, the National Review reported.

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