US Mechanic Convicted of Lying to Agents in Terrorism Probe

September 20, 2019 - 10:34 am

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a Connecticut automobile mechanic of lying to federal agents investigating his shipments of medical supplies to his native Pakistan.

The jury in New Haven on Thursday found 61-year-old Fareed Ahmed Khan, of Manchester, guilty of making a false statement. He faces up to five years in prison. A sentencing date has not been set.

Prosecutors say Khan, who became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2003, collected charitable donations for the Islamic Circle of North America, which describes itself as an American Muslim education and social services organization.

Authorities say he lied when denying any involvement with the group during a 2015 interview with federal agents investigating whether his medical equipment shipments to Pakistan were intended to support terrorism.

Khan's lawyer denied the shipments supported terrorism.