ISIS: 3 Houston-area men charged by the feds with supplying materials to a designated foreign terrorist organization

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Three Houston-area men have been charged with conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, records show.

Abdulrahman Mohammed Hafedh Alqaysi, 24, and his cousin Mohammed (alias Moe) Amer Faisal Al Qaysi, 26, another former Iraqi refugee, and Hami Jamshid alias Jamshid Ahmadzai, 32, a naturalized US citizen were arrested on June 16 .

Hafedh Al Qaysi, Faisal Al Qaysi and Jamshid resided in Richmond, Houston and Sugar Land.

According to the charges, Hafedh Al Qaysi unlawfully and knowingly conspired and conspired with other known and unknown individuals to provide material support and resources to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).

The 24-year-old was also charged with three counts of misrepresentation in a naturalization application.

The indictment alleges that he falsely answered “no” when asked if he had ever been a member or associated in any way, directly or indirectly, with a terrorist organization, or he had ever been part of a group or if he had ever helped a terrorist organization. group, unit or organization that has used a weapon against a person or has threatened to do so.

Hafedh Alqaysi, Faisal Al Qaysi and Jamshid all falsely answered “no” to this question, according to the indictment.

The indictment also alleges that Jamshid illegally obtained citizenship or naturalization.

All three men face additional charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. From or around January 1, 2015 to or around March 10, 2017, they conspired together to devise a plan to defraud and obtain money and property through false pretences, statements and promises. The indictment alleges that Hafedh Alqaysi also committed aggravated identity theft in connection with this scheme.

If convicted, Hafedh Al Qaysi faces up to 20 years in federal prison for the material support chief as well as a mandatory two-year sentence for identity theft which must be served consecutively to any other prison sentence. imposed. Making a false statement in a naturalization application and unlawfully obtaining citizenship or naturalization are punishable by five and 10 years, respectively. All three also face up to 20 years for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, upon conviction.

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