Ohio couple plead not guilty to charges of conspiring to give money to Mideast terror group

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio couple have pleaded not guilty to charges that they conspired to provide thousands of dollars to a Mideast terrorist group.

Hor Akl and his wife, Amera Akl, appeared in federal court Tuesday in Toledo on charges they planned to conceal up to $500,000 to give to Hezbollah on behalf of anonymous donors in the United States.

Amera Akl's family says they're planning to post a $750,000 bond and that it's possible she could be released later this week.

The couple were taken into custody last week after prosecutors said an FBI informant provided them with $200,000 in cash.

The couple were alleged to be preparing to hide the money in a vehicle that prosecutors said was to be shipped to Lebanon.