Ohio Man Sentenced for Scheme to Fund Terrorist Organzation

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CLEVELAND — An Ohio man was sentenced to more than six years in prison on Monday for his role in a scheme designed to send hundreds of thousands of dollars to a terrorist organization.

According to information released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI’s Cleveland Division, Hor Akl, 39, of Toledo, was sentenced to 75 months in prison by U.S. District Judge James G. Carr.

Akl also received 10 years of supervised release following the completion of his prison term.

Federal authorities say that Akl had previously pleaded guilty to a total of five counts: conspiracy to provide material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization, conspiracy to violate money laundering statutes, perjury, and two counts of bankruptcy fraud.

Akl’s wife, Amera Akl, 39, is currently serving a 40-month prison sentence. She previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

The Akls met multiple times between August 2009 and June 2010 with a confidential source who was working on behalf of the FBI. During those meetings, the Akls discussed ways to secretly send money to Hizballah leaders in Lebanon, according to court documents.

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