Man Charged With Falsely Accusing Relative of Being Al Qaeda

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A man involved in a family feud was charged Tuesday with falsely accusing a relative of being an Al Qaeda member plotting to blow up the "British embassy" in Toronto (search), the FBI said.

Bukhtiar Abdul Latif Katchi (search), 34, was arrested at his home in Los Angeles and charged with making a false bomb threat, according to authorities.

The relative, who was not identified, lived in Plainfield, N.J., and the two had been quarreling over land in Pakistan, said Steven Siegel, an FBI special agent in the Newark (search) office.

Katchi faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. He was being held without bond pending a hearing Thursday. He has agreed to go to New Jersey to face the charge there, said U.S. attorney's spokesman Thom Mrozek.

Katchi had made previous false accusations linking the relative to terrorism, "but none had risen to this level of federal involvement," Siegel said.

The relative was cleared of any terrorist links, Siegel said, but the investigation wasted the time of numerous law enforcement agents since the call was received last week.

Katchi is accused of making the telephone call to the North Plainfield Police Department on May 8 from a pay phone in California. During the call, he told a dispatcher of the plot to bomb the "British embassy" in Toronto. Britain has a consulate in Toronto, but does not have an embassy there.

He told investigators he got the idea after watching news coverage of a small explosion outside the British Consulate in New York earlier this month, according to court documents.