OKLAHOMA CITY – A federal indictment returned Tuesday accuses a Saudi arabian man of falsifying immigration paperwork when he failed to disclose he attended a terrorist training camp for entering the United States.
A federal grand jury in Oklahoma City handed the indictment Naif Abdulaziz M. Alfallaj, 34, of Weatherford (Oklahoma), who is charged with two counts of visa fraud and one count of making false statements. He has lived in Oklahoma since 2012.
Court records do not indicate whether Alfallaj is represented by a lawyer.
The indictment claims Alfallaj participated in the al-Qaida operated al-Farooq terrorist training camp near Kandahar, Afghanistan, around September 2000, and filled in a form by using a nickname. The FBI later found 15 of Alfallaj the fingerprints on the document after it was discovered by the U.S. army of an al-Qaida safe house in Afghanistan.
The document is also supposed to be an emergency call number associated with Alfallaj the father in Saudi Arabia.
Authorities said Alfallaj introduced in the US. in the fall of 2011 on a non-immigrant visa on the basis of his wife’s status as a foreign student. The indictment said Alfallaj answered “no” on an immigration application when asked if he supported terrorist organizations, or had received, firearms, or other specialized training.
Alfallaj is accused of obtaining his visa fraud and the use of the visa applications for the lessons on a private flight school in Oklahoma in October 2016, authorities said. Alfallaj is also accused of making a false statement during an FBI terrorism investigation when he denied to associate with someone from a foreign terrorist group.
Kathryn Peterson, head of the FBI in Oklahoma, said the charges were an isolated incident, and the investigation has not discovered other potential threats.
Alfallaj was arrested on Monday. He faces up to 10 years in prison on each count of visa fraud and a maximum of eight years for making false statements. Authorities said Alfallaj is expected to face deportation proceedings once the criminal case is completed.