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Hor and Amera Akl, a married couple from the US, pleaded guilty pleaded guilty
on Monday to planning to courier money to Hezbollah, The Associated Press
The couple had been planning to send up to $1 million to the
US-classified terrorist organization during the course of the year, federal
The plea deal in Toledo was was meant to save Hor and
Amera Akl, parents of three children and dual American and Lebanese citizens,
from life sentences.
An FBI agent reportedly gave the couple their first
$200,000 shipment that was to be hidden in an SUV ahead of their arrests last
June, AP reported the US government as saying.
Hor Akl had traveled to
Lebanon in 2010 to arrange the money’s transport, and when he returned said he
had met with Hezbollah officials.
The Akls, who were expected to earn
$200,000 in fees to ship the funds, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide
material to a foreign terrorist organization, and Hor pleaded guilty to
money-laundering, bankruptcy fraud and perjury as well.
prosecutors dropped an arson charge against both that would have landed them a
mandatory 10-year sentence, and a money-laundering charge against Amera
The couple could have faced 30-year sentences if they had been
convicted of all charges.
Instead, Hor Akl faces seven years in prison
while Amera faces up to four.
Amera Akl is set to be sentenced on June
20, while a sentencing date has yet to set for her husband, AP said. They
remained free on bail after their pleas.