On Friday, a man from Saudi Arabia pleaded guilty to giving authorities false information regarding a prior training with al-Qaida group in Afghanistan as well as in getting a nonimmigrant visa.
In a federal court in Oklahoma City, 35-year-old Naif Abdulaziz M. Alfallaj pleaded guilty to one count of giving false information concerning international terrorism as well as deceiving authorities to get nonimmigrant visa.
He faces up to 8 years and 10 years jail terms for a false statement regarding international terrorism and visa fraud offense respectively. On each count, Alfallaj could be fined nothing short of $250,000 and will be removed from the US after serving his jail term.
Details of offense
Alfallaj had previously stated he wanted to become “a mujahid for the sake of God” in a document filled in Arabic, according to FBI and Department of Homeland Security investigators.
They said he was at the al Farooq training camp, operated by al-Qaida until 2001, where he received training in the use of several weapons of destruction, including explosives, chemical weapons, and firearms.
In 2017, according to criminal complaints, 15 latent fingerprints that were that of Alfallaj were confirmed by the FBI.
In the visa fraud case, Alfallaj applied for a nonimmigrant visa to the US as the partner of someone who applied for the student visa in 2011. During the interview, he answered no to all questions relating to any past criminal or terrorism history as well as questions about him engaging in terrorism in the US.
He was granted a visa on this basis and has been in Oklahoma. Alfallaj has now admitted that he gave information that he knew were to both immigration agency and FBI.
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