U.S. citizen pleads guilty to sending funds to al Qaeda.

A Moroccan native living in Kansas City, Missouri, pleaded guilty…

A Moroccan native living in Kansas City, Missouri, pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to providing funds to the al Qaeda terrorist organization.

Khalid Ouazzani, 32, admitted providing more than $23,000 to al Qaeda, to which he had pledged an oath of allegiance in 2008, federal officials said.

Ouazzani, a naturalized U.S. citizen, also pleaded guilty to bank fraud and money laundering in his financial support to al Qaeda.

Ouazzani was arrested “early this year,” but his arrest and detention were kept secret until Wednesday, officials said.

He was secretly indicted by a federal grand jury in Kansas City on February 3, according to Beth Phillips, the U.S. attorney in Kansas City.

Phillips said the funds provided to al Qaeda came from his sale of an auto parts business and an apartment sale in the United Arab Emirates.

The Justice Department said Ouazzani faces up to 65 years in prison without parole and a fine of up to $1 million.

Source: Terry Frieden for CNN.

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