Former Alabama resident pleads guilty to concealing terrorism financing

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A former Alabama resident has pleaded guilty to concealing terrorism financing.

Alaa Mohd Abusaad was charged Sept. 11 with Concealment of Terrorism Financing, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2339C and 2. Abusaad pleaded guilty to the charge Friday.

According to a previously filed complaint, Abusaad instructed an undercover FBI employee (UCE) about how to send money to the mujaheddeen. Abusaad told the UCE that money “is always needed. You can’t have a war without weapons. You can’t prepare a soldier without equipment.”

Abusaad also advised the UCE on how to send money in a manner that would avoid detection by law enforcement, including using fake names and addresses when conducting electronic money transfers. Subsequently, Abusaad introduced the UCE to a financial facilitator who could route the UCE’s money to “brothers that work with aq” (Meaning al Qaeda).

The maximum penalty for concealment of terrorism financing is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, and up to a life term o supervised release.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the FBI, including offices in Birmingham, Ala. and Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio.

Source: Department of Justice

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