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WASHINGTON – A dual US-Lebanese citizen appeared in a court in Philadelphia on Friday on charges that he tried to raise money Hezbollah, following his recent extradition from Paraguay.
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Moussa Ali Hamdan, 38, a former resident of Brooklyn, New York, faces a maximum sentence of 260 years in jail on 31 charges of attempting to use the proceeds of stolen and counterfeit equipment to enrich Hezbollah.
A naturalized US citizen, Hamdan fled the country when he was indicted
in 2009 for materially aiding a US-designated terrorist group, according
to American authorities. He and nine others are accused of being part
of a Hezbollah-linked ring.
According to the complaint, Hamdan purchased stolen cell phones,
laptops, game systems and cars from a cooperating witness acting as an
agent of the US government.
He also allegedly bought counterfeit goods, including Nike sneakers and
Mitchell and Ness sports Jersey, from the government agent, to be used
to generate money for Hezbollah.
Hamdan said after his arrest that he's been falsely accused, and that if he weren't Muslim would not have been charged.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.