☷Former Alabama Resident Sentenced to Over Seven Years in Prison for Concealing Terrorism Financing
Federal Bureau of Investigation ( By Press Release office)
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A former Alabama resident was sentenced today to 90 months , the equivalent of seven and a half years , in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for concealing the transmission of funds to be provided as material support to al - Qaida , a designated foreign terrorist organization . Alaa Mohd Abusaad , 26 , pleaded guilty to concealment of terrorism financing in September 2019 . According to the plea agreement , between February and April 2018 , Abusaad instructed an FBI undercover employee ( UCE ) about how to send money to the mujahideen – fighters engaged in jihad . 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 by 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 - Qaida ) . Assistant Attorney General Matthew G . Olsen of the Justice Department’s National Security Division , U . S . Attorney Prim F . Escalona for the Northern District of Alabama , and Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr . of the FBI’s Birmingham Field Office made the announcement . The FBI’s Birmingham , Memphis and Cleveland Field Offices investigated the case . Assistant U . S . Attorneys Henry Cornelius and Manu Balachandran for the Northern District of Alabama and Trial Attorney Jennifer Levy of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section prosecuted the case .
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