Local Man Pleads Guilty To Funneling Money To Al-Qaida

May 19, 2010

Kansas City, Mo. – 32-year-old Khalid Ouazzani, a U.S. Citizen originally from Morocco, has pleaded guilty to federal charges of providing material support to a terrorist organization.

Ouazzani ran Truman Used Auto Parts, on Truman Road in Kansas City. He has admitted to pledging allegiance to Al-Qaida and between August 2007 and February 2010, actively supporting the organization.

Federal prosecutors say that as part of the conspiracy, Khalid Ouazzani wired $112,000 to a bank account in the United Arab Emirates. They say he recruited men to fight for Al-Qaida in Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia.

KCUR's Dan Verbeck will have much more on the story later this afternoon.