Alleged Terror Finance Plotter Indicted in New York

Feb 16, 2007 4:13pm

An Ardsley, N.Y., man was indicted by a federal grand jury in New York City on Friday on charges of providing material support to terrorists by transferring $152,000 between banks to allegedly be used to purchase night-vision goggles and other equipment needed for a terrorist training camp. According to the indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court, Abdule Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari, aka Michael Mixon, was paid for his efforts to collect and transfer the funds, which included $25,000 sent from a bank in New York to a bank in Montreal, Canada. According to federal sources, Alishtari had agreed to cooperate with investigators but recently had ceased cooperating. The FBI arrested him Friday, and the criminal charges were the result.  The FBI had no comment on the case. Click Here for Full Blotter Coverage. The five-count federal indictment also alleged that Alishtari as part of the conspiracy ran a fake investment program known as "Flat Electronic Data Interchange," which from 1998 through 2004 bilked investors by making false promises of high, guaranteed rates of return.

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