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Ohio man charged with raising money to support terrorism

February 25, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man provided support for people engaged in terrorism and tried to conceal his efforts through money laundering, according to court documents that include a request for a $2.5 million bond.

In the past year and a half, Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud provided material support or resources or electronic devices to people engaged in Middle East terrorism and traveled there, according to a bond request filed Tuesday in Franklin County Court.

Mohamud, 23, “is a public safety risk and has every reason to flee the United States” if released from custody, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said in his request for the bond.

O’Brien’s filing said an ongoing investigation could result in federal charges with more serious penalties than those in state court. A Wednesday hearing was scheduled for Mohamud.

Court documents don’t list an attorney available to comment on the charges against Mohamud, who is in Franklin County Jail.

The indictment said the money laundering involved an amount more than $1,000 and less than $5,000.

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