KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City businessman who pleaded guilty more than three years ago to providing financial support to Al Qaeda is finally being sentenced in federal court.
Khalid Ouazzani faces up to 65 years in prison for bank fraud, money laundering and conspiracy to support a terrorist group. He is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in Kansas City.
In his plea bargain, Ouazzani admitted making false claims to borrow money for a used auto parts business and wiring the proceeds to a bank in Dubai. That money was used to purchase an apartment that later sold for a $17,000 profit, which was given to Al Qaeda. Ouazzani also admitted sending the terror group $6,500 from the sale of his business.
Prosecutors say Ouazzani swore an oath of allegiance to Al Qaeda.