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Kenyan National Sentenced to 15 Years for Conspiring to Provide Material Support to Foreign Terrorist Organizations

For Immediate Release
Office of Public Affairs

Mohamed Hussain Said, 27, a citizen and resident of Nairobi, Kenya, was sentenced to 15 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro of the Southern District of Florida for conspiring to provide material support to three separately designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations, al-Qa’ida, al-Qa’ida in Iraq/al-Nusrah Front (AQI/al-Nusrah Front) and al-Shabaab.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer of the Southern District of Florida and Special Agent in Charge George L. Piro of the FBI’s Miami Field Office made the announcement.

On May 28, 2015, Said pleaded guilty to count one of an indictment charging him with conspiracy to provide money and recruits to al-Qa’ida, AQI/al-Nusrah Front in Syria and al-Shabaab in Somalia.  During the conspiracy, Said received a series of wire transfers from co-conspirator Gufran Ahmed Mohammed for the purpose of supporting al-Shabaab, and recruited experienced al-Shabaab fighters for AQI/al-Nusrah Front to fight in the conflict in Syria.  Additionally, Said tried to recruit other individuals for attacks within the United States.

Assistant Attorney General Carlin joined U.S. Attorney Ferrer in commending the investigative efforts of the FBI and the South Florida Joint Terrorism Task Force.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brian K. Frazier and Ricardo A. Del Toro of the Southern District of Florida and Trial Attorney Jolie F. Zimmerman of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

Updated August 28, 2015

Press Release Number: 15-1059