Mojtaba Beheshti (Arabic: مجتبى بهشتي) is one very, very sad story. He is the son of the late Ayatollah Ali Beheshti who was a moderate traditional Shia scholar based in Najaf, Iraq. The problem with Mojtaba is that he is a troublemaker and lacks self-awareness. He obtained an American Greed Card and used it to access the United States several times each year. While in America, Mojtaba traveled throughout the country from one state to another. He visited the various American Shia centers and collected lots of cash and filled up his coffers.
Between 2004 and 2006, Mojtaba Beheshti visited the Islamist center of Shia Association of Bay Area (SABA Mosque of San Jose, CA) several times and became highly active in the Shia community of the San Francisco Bay Area.
He visited all the Shia-type centers located in the South Bay, including the Islamic Center of Zahra, Masjid al-Rasool, and the Iraqi Community Association.
He also repeatedly participated in the once very popular Islamic Halaqa Program.
Mojtaba also gained popularity due to his excellent prayer voice in both Arabic and Farsi, all-white beard, and blue eyes. (Mojtaba speaks perfect Arabic because he was born and raised in the Arab holy city of an-Najaf, Iraq.)
Indeed, Mojtaba made a lot of serious cash money during his extended stays in the Bay Area.
In January 2007, Mojtaba Beheshti was arrested in Los Angeles, California.
Apparently, there were some problems related to fraud with his Green Card.
He was jailed for three days and lost his U.S. permanent residency status.
Mojtaba was deported to Iran upon his release from prison.