Guilty plea in FBI chat room terror case

 

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One of two men charged in an FBI online chat room sting operation has pleaded guilty to terrorism support charges.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami reports that 31-year-old Gufran Ahmed Kauser Mohammed pleaded guilty Friday one count of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. He faces up to 15 years in prison at his Oct. 24 sentencing.

Mohammed is a naturalized U.S. citizen from India who relocated in 2011 to Saudi Arabia.

Prosecutors say an undercover FBI employee posing as a terror financing middleman used the chat room to pretend to work with Mohammed on financing for al-Qaida and affiliated terror groups in Syria and East Africa.

Another defendant, Mohamed Hussein Said of Kenya, is maintaining his not guilty plea. He's accused of identifying recruits for a Syrian terrorist group and helping finance Africa's al-Shabaab terror organization.

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