Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Hotel O "Owner" Indicted

 Ibrahim Khoder's problems took a turn for the worse when the Hinds County grand jury indicted him for perjury on April 5.  Khoder is the alleged owner of the notorious Hotel O on I-55 N Frontage Road. 

Jackson Municipal Court Judge Jeffrey Reynolds has been trying to demolish the eyesore for over a year as Khoder and Noah Muthana played shell games in his court.   

Khoder testified at a December 16, 2022 hearing that he was not. the owner of the property.  County property records state he owned the property from 2002 to 2020 when he allegedly sold it to Noah Muthana.  Khoder repeatedly did not pay his taxes until a Sheriff's sale was imminent.  The records state Muthana assumed ownership of the hotel property in 2021.  Khoder even produced a quitclaim deed at the hearing that showed he transferred the ownership to Muthana although he held a "mortgage" on the property. 

Khoder claimed he no longer owned the property and merely provided financing to Muthana, the so-called buyer.  

However, the Baton Rouge resident got a little too cute for his own good.  Khoder filed an emergency petition for a restraining order against the city of Jackson on April 17, 2023 to stop the city's code enforcement action against the hotel.  Attorney Carlos Tanner represented Khoder.  The petition states: 

The Amended Order is void and cannot be enforced because it wasentered without citation, summons, or legal notice of any kind to, orprocess against, Mr. Ibrahim Khoder, the Property's owner and securitizedmortgage holder. As such, the Amended Order is a classical takingwithout due process of law....

Court. However, the City never issued any citation, summons, or noticewhatsoever to Petitioner Khoder - the Property's owner and majoritystakeholder - for a court case alleging violations against him.

10. Each of the citation the City issued with respect to this property were addressed Petitioner Muthana. Mr. Muthana has a minority equity stake orownership interest in the Property....

There are more such examples in the petition posted below.  

JPD investigated and charged Khoder with perjury.  The grand jury indicted Khoder for perjury.  The indictment states: 

Ibrahim Khoder falsely and corruptly affirmed, under oath, affirmation, or legally administered declaration, that he is the owner of Hotel 0, the property located at 4639 North Highway 55, Jackson, Mississippi 39206, by and through his filed Verified Emergency Petition for Temporary Restraining Order, Preliminary and Permanent Injunction, and Other Relief, in the First Judicial District of Hinds County Chancery Court

Khoder is 75 years-old and represented by attorney Ali Shamsideen.  

Synopsis of the Case

Muthana has owned Hotel O for more than two years. Jackson Code Enforcement cited Muthana for six code violations in June 2022. Jackson Municipal Court Judge Jeff Reynolds condemned the hotel after finding it had unsafe electrical wiring, defective plumbing, pervasive mold, structural weaknesses, and the roof was in a serious state of disrepair. Residency-challenged individuals occupied the building even though there was no power. However, one should never underestimate human ingenuity, even among such people. The squatters simply ran extension cords to outlets on adjacent properties. 

Judge Reynolds threw Muthana in jail after determining he made no effort to improve the property. He said the property was in worse shape than when the city began investigating the property in November 2021. 

The defendant sat in jail for a few days before Judge Reynolds released him. Judge Reynolds ordered JPD to evict all "tenants" from the premises. The judge told Code Enforcement to ensure a secure fence surrounded the pool. Judge Reyonlds ordered Muthana to post a $275,000 secured appearance bond and $2,500 cost bond if he wanted to appeal the order. 

Muthana appealed to Hinds County Court, arguing the appearance bond was unconstitutional. He paid the $2,500 cost bond.

Judge McDaniels never got around to questioning the demolition order because he dismissed Muthana's appeal on August 31, ruling the defendant appealed the case four months after the thirty-day deadline expired in April. However, Muthana did not take his ass-whupping like a man but instead filed a notice of appeal on September 11. The notice states the defendant will appeal the decision to Hinds County Circuit Court. 

The city filed a motion to dismiss (see, it knows how to do it after all!) on December 1. The motion argues the Court should dismiss any Muthana appeal since he did not post the $275,000 appearance bond nor did he file his notice of appeal within thirty days of the lower court's decision.Earlier post. 

As Muthana drags out the court fight, the building crumbles. A fire took place several months ago. Rooms are burned out and plywood covers numerous windows. The building has been the scene of numerous crimes over the years, including shootings and aggravated assaults. 

Judge Reynolds scheduled a hearing on January 10, 2024 after Judge McDaniels remanded the case back to his court. His interim order makes clear his disgust with the hotel and its owner: 

In the meantime, while the Defendant games the legal system with meritless appeals, his dangerous eyesore of a Hotel continues to exist and be occupied. The undersigned passes by the shuttered Hotel nearly every day and sees it bustling with people, with multiple cars in the parking lot. A small child was seen recently playing with his toy at the Hotel. And, despite the Fire Marshall shutting the Hotel down as a fire hazard and part of the Hotel, in fact, burning a few months ago, people still live in the Hotel.
Undersigned also strongly believes, based on the testimony in this case, his observations, and experience as a Municipal Judge, that other illegal activity, like prostitution and illegal drug use/sales, is taking place at the Hotel on a daily basis.
This dangerous public nuisance must end.

However, neither Muthana nor his lawyers, Carlos Tanner or John Hall, appeared in court that day.  A frustrated Court issued an arrest warrant for Muthana.  Muthana has not yet been taken into custody.  
Although Muthana filed a notice of appeal, he never actually filed an appeal in Circuit Court. 


Anonymous said...

We don't have enough murders to prosecute?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info. As an ex resident, also thanks for reassuring my decision of getting out of town. Is there ANYTHING positive going on in Jackson?

Anonymous said...

JJ Flashback. Ali Shamsid-Deen did not mince words about the white devil folk in Jack-town.


Anonymous said...

As of Sunday, someone had erected a plywood sign that stated in red spray paint "We are Open" and placed it up against the building. I giggled thinking that one of the occupiers of that "hotel" is now attempting to charge for others to sleep there.

Anonymous said...

It has gotten unbelievably bad. People living in squalor. Shameful conditions.

Anonymous said...

Horrible embarrassment for the so called Capitol City. Had business guests in town who commented on this fine establishment at a major interstate exit and homeless beggars on every corner. Frank Melton would've driven the machinery to mow this thing down and ask for forgiveness later!

Anonymous said...

expect the ''nurenburg defense'' on this case.

khoder gonna say ''i was just following orders''.

''i just signed what my chancery court lawyer put in front of me''.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't be a bit surprised if Khoder and Muthana have both left the country. I vote the remaining structures be demolished and the property given to the contractor for his payment.

Anonymous said...

It's a public menace. Just bulldoze it and send the owner the bill.

Anonymous said...

Only marginally worse than the total dump the airport has become. What a f'ing embarrassment.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, 2:28. This didn't age well:

"So with the better paying jobs staying in Jackson and the majority of taxes coming from African Americans now, where will this big tax base loss come from?"

I also note that Ali Shamsid-Deen was a law clerk for former circuit judge Tommie Green, before he was municipal judge for Jackson.

Ali was truly a pioneer of the catch-and-release movement in Jackson.

Anonymous said...

Hard to believe this was originally a luxurious Sheraton in the early 70’s

Anonymous said...

Ibrihim and Ali Bhaba better rub the genie's bottle and ask for a magic carpet ride to parts unknown.

Anonymous said...

Ibrihim Khoder does not own this property. As I recall, he previously owned the property and sold it to the present owner and took a note and deed of trust for collateral.

I don't believe that he understood the question.

Kingfish said...

Read it again. You have it backwards.

Anonymous said...

Get over it, every city has run down buildings, squatters, homeless, druggies and crime. It’s actually a sign of prosperity !

Anonymous said...

4:57 Look at the posters and advertisements on all the walls, that should tell you everything you need to know.

Anonymous said...

We're talking about Jackson. It doesn't MATTER. At least the homeless have someplace to sleep. Around the corner from 'O', they allowed a beautiful and practically-new library to ROT: demolition-by-neglect, basically. I'm sorry for those who still have property within the city (They've tried to sell. Of course they've tried to sell). But it's OVER. The outside world is not going to "discover" Jackson. No movers-&-shakers or hipsters are going to flock there - EVER. Whether or not do-gooders and government continue sending "help" to Jackson, it won't matter. "Help" won't even delay the decline, at this point, the corruption and incompetency have become so bad.

It's OVER.

Anonymous said...

It looks like the vagrants were doing a very good job of razing the building. Open it up and let them finish.

godihatethisplace said...

You don't realize what a cesspool Jackson has become until you go out of town for a week or so. You can go just about anywhere and it will be nicer, cleaner and safer than Jackson.

Best thing I did as a father was to teach my kids to get the hell out of this bedpan of a city the moment they graduated from college.

Our "boy wonder" of a mayor has done a great job, hasn't he? Let's give him another four years so he can finish the job.

John said...

4:57 - I couldn't believe my eyes: https://www.visitjackson.com/media/press-releases/jackson-airport-named-a-travel-and-leisure-favorite/

Anonymous said...

Burn it down!

Anonymous said...

June 5, 2024 at 7:57 AM
The sad part us even if you were to go to somewhere with a bad reputation it's night and day. Last year my wife and I tried a carless vacation to Birmingham and even then it was night and day. Of course we stayed downtown.

Anonymous said...

If it's torn down where will Chowke's dope boys hang out?

Anonymous said...

Chuck better hurry up before the FBI takes him for an extended stay in their hotel. Our mayor thinks Jackson is his own checkbook. Clock is ticking on you Chuck. You better follow this two guys out of the country. But our mayor thinks he is untouchable with his race card in his pocket.

Anonymous said...

Great location for the M-Bar to expand into!

Anonymous said...

Excuse my dumb question. Back and forth in the court system. At what point, legally, can the city of Jackson tear this down? I don't understand what the city is waiting for.

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