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Posted on 06/03/2010 6:12:10 PM PDT by MamaDearest
West Toledo couple arrested on terrorism charges involving Hezbollah FBI agents, Toledo police conduct raid at home
Federal agents and police arrested a Toledo husband and wife Thursday and accused the couple of conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
Hor I. Akl, 37, and his spouse, Amera A. Akl, 37, both of whom are dual citizens of the United States and Lebanon, were arrested on charges also that they conspired to launder money and committed arson relating to an insurance fraud scheme.
Mr. Akl is also charged with two counts of bankruptcy fraud and one count of perjury, U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach said in a statement.
"This case demonstrates our continued commitment to prosecuting those who seek to aid terrorists and terrorist organizations, whether they do so from our backyards, or abroad," Mr. Dettelbach said. "Furthermore, those who seek to take illegal advantage of our government, judicial and financial institutions, for their personal benefit or for the benefit of others, will not be ignored."
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The guy is a Hor? All Mohammedans are whores!
Hi mama dearest....wonders never cease to amaze...these people are just the tip of the iceburg of monies filtered out of the US to fund terrorists....we’ll never stop the flow of monies out of here...tto easy to get away with...to many front organizations...to many people swallow their kool-aid.
According to page 6 of my American passport, these bloody mohammedan savages have forfeited their American citizenship, not that they should ever have been granted that in the first place.
Send them back to their mohammedan paradise in Lebanon, a hell-hole if ever there was one.
Oh, but waterboard them for information, first, and be sure that the savages back in Lebanon know that they talked.
June 3, 2010
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Two Ohio Residents Arrested for Conspiring to Provide Material Support to Hizballah and Fraud
TOLEDOTwo residents of Toledo, Ohio, Hor I. Akl, age 37, and his spouse, Amera A. Akl, age 37, both of whom are dual citizens of the United States and Lebanon, were arrested today on charges that they conspired to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, conspired to launder money, and committed arson relating to an insurance fraud scheme. Hor Akl is also charged with two counts of bankruptcy fraud and one count of perjury, U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach announced today. The Akls were arrested this morning without incident and are expected to make their initial appearance in federal court in Toledo at 3:30 p.m. today.
According to the criminal complaint filed earlier today, from on or about Aug. 30, 2009, to the present, the Akls conspired to provide material support to Hizballah, which was designated by the Secretary of State as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in October 1997, and remains so today. According to the complaint, the Akls agreed to send money to the terrorist organization Hizballah after they were approached by a confidential informant for the FBI who claimed he worked for an anonymous donor eager to support Hizballah. The couple researched and proposed at least ten different ways in which the money could be shipped to Hizballah, the complaint alleges.
The complaint alleges that the Akls ultimately agreed to conceal approximately $500,000 in the hollow sections of a vehicle and to ship the vehicle to Lebanon, where they would remove the cash and give it to Hizballah officials on behalf of the purported anonymous donors in the United States. The Akls expected to receive a fee or commission for arranging the transfer of funds. The complaint alleges that in March 2010, Hor Akl traveled to Lebanon to make arrangements for the delivery of the funds to Hizballah. Akl allegedly returned to the United States claiming that he had met with Hizballah officials.
The complaint further alleges that, during the investigation, the Akls discussed multiple criminal violations in the past, including bulk cash smuggling of large amounts of currency to Lebanon, wire fraud, mail fraud, perjury related to bankruptcy fraud, and concealing property in a bankruptcy proceeding.
According to U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach, This case demonstrates our continued commitment to prosecuting those who seek to aid terrorists and terrorist organizations, whether they do so from our backyards, or abroad. Furthermore, those who seek to take illegal advantage of our government, judicial and financial institutions, for their personal benefit or for the benefit of others, will not be ignored.
C. Frank Figliuzzi, Special Agent in Charge of the Cleveland Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation said, Those who willfully work to fund terror with U.S. dollars must understand that the FBI works even harder to ensure that they fail.
The maximum statutory penalties upon conviction are: for conspiring to provide material support to a Designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, up to 15 years in prison and a fine of $500,000; for money laundering conspiracy, up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $500,000; for each of the offenses of bankruptcy fraud, and perjury, up to 5 years in prison and a fine of $250,000; and for the arson offense, up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Justin E. Herdman, Duncan T. Brown and Thomas E. Getz and Trial Attorney S. Elisa Poteat of the National Security Division, Counterterrorism Section, following an investigation by the FBI, through its Joint Terrorism Task Force, in Toledo, Ohio, and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division.
The public is reminded that a criminal complaint contains mere allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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I’ve often wondered about all those thousands of “dual citizenship” holding folks from Lebanon that Bush sent ships to rescue a few year back. Wonder if anyone has ever kept track of their whereabouts or if they were eventually shipped back home?
Too many liberals who sympathize with enemies of Israel and the US.
Hi CAWW! I agree. Detroit and Toledo seem to be a hotbed for "actiivity." They are multi-cultural to say the least.
Oh yea on Toledo and Detroit.....I just passed Mesta on the boards too...missing Matrix and you guys but have been otherwise occupied for several weeks. Also Tomorrow new job interview...looks like a wrap...but you never can tell til your working it.
I’ve missed seeing you online. It’s garden time (FINALLY) and I, too, have been offline a lot lately. Will pray you get the job. Whatever is meant to happen (God’s plan for you) is what will happen regardless. I don’t miss working one little iota. Good luck CAWW!
I am surely feeling like a minority in my faith and my politics, morality, and all we have known which made this a strong and wonderful nation once.....and now in supporting Israel as well.
Here is an idea, we end all Muslim immigration.
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Two Toledoans arrested for assisting terrorists
Two residents of Toledo, Ohio, Hor I. Akl, age 37, and his spouse, Amera A. Akl, age 37, both of whom are dual citizens of the United States and Lebanon, were arrested today on charges that they conspired to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, conspired to launder money, and committed arson relating to an insurance fraud scheme.
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Hey! Got the job! It’s official! Thank God it’s a happy day!
Congrats from my heart! I KNOW the thrill of getting a job. It’s delicious.
Hope you keep on posting when you can. If you don’t you’ll be missed.
No such thing. Stupid reporter (not you, Mama) ..................... FRegards
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Ohio Man Sentenced to 75 Months in Prison for Scheme to Send Money to Hizballah
U.S. Attorneys Office
May 21, 2012
CLEVELANDHor I. Akl was sentenced to more than six years in prison today after previously pleading guilty to criminal charges related to a scheme to send hundreds of thousands of dollars to Hizballah, a designated foreign terrorist organization, announced Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio; and Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the FBIs Cleveland Division.
Akl, 39, of Toledo, Ohio, pleaded guilty to a total of five counts: conspiracy to provide material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization, conspiracy to violate money laundering statutes, perjury, and two counts of bankruptcy fraud.
He was sentenced to 75 months in prison by U.S. District Judge James G. Carr, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release.
Hor Akls wife, Amera Akl, 39, is currently serving a 40-month prison sentence. She previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization.
Money is the lifeblood of terrorist organizations, and stopping the flow is a key component to choking off these organizations, said U.S. Attorney Dettelbach.
This case demonstrates the continued effort by the FBI and our Joint Terrorism Task Forces to deny financing and support to those terrorist organizations that present a threat to the United States, said Special Agent in Charge Anthony.
The Akls met multiple times between August 2009 and June 2010 with a confidential source who was working on behalf of the FBI. During those meetings, the Akls discussed ways to secretly send money to Hizballah leaders in Lebanon, according to court documents.
Amera Akl told the confidential source during a meeting in Toledo on August 30, 2009 that she dreamed of dressing like Hizballah, carrying a gun, and dying as a martyr, according to court documents.
Hor Akl, in the presence of his wife, told the confidential source during a September 10, 2009 meeting in Toledo that he understood the money was being transported to terrorists. He also stated he understood the funds would be sent to a designated terrorist organization and used to target Israel, according to court documents.
Eventually, the Akls agreed to send the money by secreting it inside a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer, which they planned to send to Lebanon via a container ship.
On June 3, 2010, the confidential source delivered $200,000 to the Akls at their home in Toledo and told them he would return later in the day with more money. Shortly thereafter, the Akls were observed inside their residence wearing latex/rubber gloves, in close proximity to various automobile accessories, plastic wrap, duct tape, latex/rubber gloves, and fragrant insect repellant sticks. Hor Akl had prepared a portion of the money for concealment into the auto accessories, wrapped it in plastic, and taped into a bundle, according to court documents.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the Northern District of Ohio Justin E. Herdman, Duncan Brown, Thomas E. Getz; and Trial Attorney S. Elisa Poteat of the Counterterrorism Section in the Justice Departments National Security Division following an investigation by the FBI (through its Joint Terrorism Task Force in Toledo) and the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division.
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“Ohio Man Gets Over Six Years for Hizballah Support”
by Abha Shankar May 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm
SNIPPET: “A Toledo man was sentenced to more than six years in prison for providing material support to Hizballah, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.
Hor Akl and his wife Amera Akl, who hold dual American and Lebanese citizenships, pleaded guilty last year to sending hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Lebanese terrorist group.
In August 2009, the Ohio couple was approached by an FBI informant to send money to Hizballah for him. The Akls agreed to transfer the money in exchange for a 30 percent commission if they transferred $1 million to the terrorist group. The Akls were arrested on June 3, 2010, after the informant delivered $200,000 to them at their home in Toledo.
Hor and Amera Akl plotted different schemes to transfer money to Hizballah overseas, including stashing $500,000 in cash in a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer and shipping it to Lebanon in a container ship. In discussions with the informant, Amera Akl said that “she dreamed of dressing like Hizballah, carrying a gun, and dying as a martyr.”
Amera Akl is currently serving a 40-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.”