Feds investigate KC-area public company for terrorist ties

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Merriam, Kan.-based Seaboard Corp. to determine whether it did business with companies blacklisted for supporting terrorists, according to a media report.

Seaboard is an agribusiness company that did $5.59 billion in sales last year and owns a 50 percent stake in Butterball LLC. The company has operations throughout the Americas, Africa and the Caribbean.

A story in The Wall Street Journal said the investigation is looking into deals between Seaboard and businesses controlled by the Tajideen family. Brothers Kassim, Ali and Husayn Tajideen have been on the terrorist watch list since 2009, with the Treasury Department saying they ran cover companies for Hezbollah in Africa and provided the group financial support.

The Tajideen brothers said they had never heard of Seaboard. However, U.S. officials are investigating whether a milling subsidiary of Seaboard in central Africa continued to do business with the Tajideen family after they were blacklisted.

Read more: Kansas City Business Journal, Kansas City Star


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