Feds: Va. man lied about communication with terror group
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Federal authorities say they’ve arrested a Virginia man accused of lying about his ties to foreign terrorist organizations.
U.S. Department of Justice spokesman Brian McGinn confirmed Thursday that Waqar Ul-Hassan was arrested at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina.
A criminal complaint filed by a U.S. Attorney’s Office in Virginia said Hassan was under investigation for communicating with terrorist groups. The complaint said Hassan lied to FBI agents in 2015 about collecting money and food for an extremist group in Pakistan, Jaish-e-Mohammad.
Hassan, born in Pakistan, became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2002. Since 2008, he’s lived in or near Glade Spring, Virginia, or Pakistan.
Court documents say he traveled to Pakistan in 2016 and returned to the U.S. on Tuesday. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.