A Muslim scholar invited to speak at President-elect Obama's inaugural prayer service Wednesday is the leader of an Islamic group that federal prosecutors say has ties to terrorism.
Ingrid Mattson is president of the Islamic Society of North America. In 2007, her group was listed as one of nearly 300 co-conspirators in a criminal case against another Islamic group — the Holy Land Foundation — which is accused of funneling more than $12 million to Hamas.
Neither Mattson nor her organization have been charged, but prosecutors say they have "a wide array of testimonial and documentary evidence" that links the group to Hamas and other radical organizations.
Mattson has been the guest of honor at State Department dinners and has met with Bush administration senior Pentagon officials, but that was prior to the group being named as a co-conspirator in the case.
Linda Douglass, an Oama spokeswoman, would not discuss the case, but says Mattson has "a stellar reputation in the faith community."