Toledo couple pleads guilty pleas in terror case
Mon, 23 May 2011 14:50:35 GMT —
A Toledo husband and wife have pleaded guilty to charges they help finance a Mideast terrorist group.
During a meeting with a federal judge in Toledo, the Akls on Monday pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. They had previously pleaded not guilty.
Federal prosecutors said they planned to conceal up to $200,000 and that the money would go to Hezbollah. The U.S. government lists Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and blames it for numerous attacks on Israel.
In June 2010, federal authorities raided the Akl residence at 3911 Brookfield Dr., near the intersection of Sylvania Ave. and Talmadge Road. Authorities arrested the Akls and confiscated a large amount of property from the residence, including automobiles. The plan, according to the FBI, was to place $200,000 of currency inside the vehicle and ship it to Lebanon where it would be recovered by Hezbolah. The $200,000 was provided by a confidential FBI informant.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)