Saudi man gets 12 years for visa fraud

The Korea Times - - WORLD -

OK­LA­HOMA CITY (AP) — A Saudi man has been sen­tenced to more than 12 years in fed­eral prison after plead­ing guilty to not dis­clos­ing he had at­tended an al-Qaida ter­ror­ist train­ing camp in Afghanista­n be­fore en­ter­ing the U.S.

Fed­eral court records in­di­cate 35-year-old Naif Ab­du­laziz Al­fal­laj of Weather­ford, Ok­la­homa, was sen­tenced Thurs­day in Ok­la­homa City. Al­fal­laj pleaded guilty in De­cem­ber to ob­tain­ing a visa by fraud and ly­ing to the FBI dur­ing its in­ves­ti­ga­tion of him.

A Fe­bru­ary 2018 in­dict­ment al­leged Al­fal­laj was granted a visa in 2011 after an­swer­ing “no” when asked if he sup­ported ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions or had re­ceived firearms train­ing. Prose­cu­tors say Al­fal­laj at­tended an al-Qaida train­ing camp in 2000. He had lived in Ok­la­homa since 2012.

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