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New York Man Charged With Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS

For Immediate Release
Office of Public Affairs

Yesterday, Parveg Ahmed, 22, a U.S. citizen of Queens, New York, was arrested on charges of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a foreign terrorist organization.  The defendant is scheduled to make his initial appearance this afternoon at 2 p.m. at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York before U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein.

The charges were announced by Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Dana J. Boente, Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Rohde for the Eastern District of New York, Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney, Jr. of the FBI’s  New York Field Office and Commissioner James P. O'Neill of the NYPD.

As alleged in the complaint, the defendant traveled to Saudi Arabia in June 2017, purportedly to celebrate an Islamic religious holiday.  Upon his arrival in Saudi Arabia, the defendant attempted to travel to Syria to enter ISIS-controlled territory. 

The defendant was deported back to the U.S. on August 28, where he was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York.

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.  The charge in the federal complaint are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes. If convicted of any offense, the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court after considering the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.


The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s National Security & Cybercrime Section and the Justice Department’s National Security Division.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alexander A. Solomon and Craig R. Heeren are in charge of the prosecution, with assistance provided by Trial Attorney Joshua D. Champagne of the Counterterrorism Section of the National Security Division.

Updated August 29, 2017

Press Release Number: 17-948