Ohio Couple Busted on Terror Charges

Toledo pair accused of funneling cash to Hezbollah
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Suggested by MarionRozelle
Posted Jun 4, 2010 5:37 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Lebanese-American Toledo couple was arrested yesterday and accused of attempting to funnel money to Hezbollah. Prosecutors say Hor and Amera Akl researched and pitched 10 ways to sent money to the terrorist group, ultimately plotting to conceal up to $1 million from anonymous US donors in a vehicle and ship it to Lebanon by way of an area car dealership, the Toledo Blade reports.

The couple, whose arrest was based on information gathered by an FBI informant, has been charged with money laundering and conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization; each faces a maximum sentence of more than 40 years in jail if convicted. "This case demonstrates our continued commitment to prosecuting those who seek to aid terrorists and terrorist organizations, whether they do so from our backyards, or abroad," a US attorney said.

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