Guilty Plea to Terror Finance Charge

     (CN) – A New York man pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to steal millions of dollars by wire fraud and spending $152,000 of it to try to finance terrorists. Abdul Tawala ibn Ali Alishtari “facilitated the transfer” of the money to an undercover agent, “with the understanding that the money would be used to fund training for terrorists,” federal prosecutors said.

     Alishtari, 56, of Ardsley, N.Y., thought the money would be used to buy equipment for a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement. He faces up to 20 years in prison for the terrorism charge and 5 years for wire fraud.

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