A naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan was arrested by the FBI at the Charlotte, North Carolina airport for lying about his involvement with terrorists, Fox News reported.
Waqar Ul-Hassan, 35, made two statements in November 2015. The first statement read:
“I met with Mujahiden in 2014, while in Pakistan. I traveled to the border and stayed with them two or three days. I also spent half a day at their Mosque in Deska. I went there because I was curious about jihad. I wanted to find out how they do jihad. I talked to…a representative of the Mujahiden about jihad several times. I gave between $400.00 & $500.00 for the Mujahiden medrasa. This Mujahiden is known as Jaish.”
In the second statement, he said he traveled throughout Gujrat in Pakistan between 2013 and 2014. At that time, he tried to collect money for a terrorist organization.
He also reportedly admitted to sending money to ISIS and jihadists in Syria.
However, the previous May, he told FBI agents he “did not support any terrorist groups or extremists” or know anyone who did. A few months later, Hassan denied ever sending money to Syria to support ISIS and denied asking about how to send money to the terror group.
Prosecutors say Hassan knew making false statement to the FBI was a crime.
Hassan moved to the U.S. from Pakistan in 1999 and eventually became a U.S. citizen. However, at some point, he moved back to Pakistan, where he was living until his arrest at the Charlotte airport.