(Reuters) - A used car dealer in Kansas City, Missouri, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to providing support to al Qaeda by sending about $23,500 to the militant group, the U.S. Justice Department said.
Khalid Ouazzani, 32, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Morocco, was accused of swearing allegiance to al Qaeda in 2008 and using money from a commercial loan as well as the sale of his business to give to the group in 2007, prosecutors said.Sure, he's prepared to atone for his jihadism, but what about the time he sold that lemon to a little old lady from Paseo West?
Prosecutors also said he had spoken with other unidentified people about ways to support al Qaeda, including plans for them to fight in Afghanistan, Iraq or Somalia at the group's request.
"It was a part of the conspiracy that Ouazzani and co-conspirators would and did discuss various specific ways they could support al Qaeda, including providing currency, advice and assistance to al Qaeda," court papers said.
Ouazzani also pleaded guilty to money laundering and bank fraud, the prosecutors said. He faces up to 65 years in prison without parole and up to $1 million in fines.
"He deeply regrets what he has done, and is taking steps to atone, to the extent he can, for his crimes," his lawyers Robin Fowler and Tricia Tenpenny said in a statement...