☷Federal Grand Jury Issues Indictment Alleging Irvine Man Concealed Material Support and Financing to Foreign Terrorist Organization
Federal Bureau of Investigation ( By Press Release office)
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Federal Grand Jury Issues Indictment Alleging Irvine Man Concealed Material Support and Financing to Foreign Terrorist Organization SANTA ANA , California – A federal grand jury today returned a four - count indictment that charges an Irvine man with attempting to provide material support to two foreign terrorist organizations – Hay’at Tahrir al - Sham ( HTS ) and Hamas . Jason Fong , 24 , allegedly attempted in the spring of 2020 to provide to HTS tactical , combat and weapons training material – as well as information regarding the making of chemical weapons and improvised explosive devices . The indictment further alleges that in May 2020 Fong attempted to fundraise for Hamas . The indictment further alleges that at the time he committed these offenses , Fong knew that each organization had been designated a foreign terrorist organization by the United States government . An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime . Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court . Fong has been summonsed to appear for an arraignment in United States District Court on May 23 . A trial in this matter was previously set for October 25 . If he were to be convicted of the charges in the indictment , Fong would face a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for each of the four counts . A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U . S . Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors . The FBI , the Naval Criminal Investigative Service , Homeland Security Investigations , the Irvine Police Department , and the New York Police Department are participating in the ongoing investigation . Assistant United States Attorneys Christine Ro and Mark Takla of the Terrorism and Export Crimes Section , and Trial Attorney John Cella from the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division are prosecuting this case .
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