US man pleads guilty to lying to FBI about raising funds for Hamas

An Arizona man pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to FBI agents about helping a Muslim charity with alleged connections to Hamas. Akram Musa Abdallah, of Mesa, was accused of lying when he was asked in early 2007 about raising money for the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development. Prosecutors say the 54-year-old Abdallah denied involvement in raising money for the group when he had actually helped coordinate fund-raising events in Phoenix for Holy Land between 1994 and 1997. A handful of Holy Land leaders were convicted of bankrolling schools and social welfare programs that prosecutors said were controlled by Hamas.