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Beaverton Man Sentenced for Impersonating U.S. Intelligence Official in Letter to Iraqi Prime Minister

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. – Wathiq Al-Ibraheemi, 34, of Beaverton, Oregon, was sentenced today to two years of probation for the unauthorized use of an official insignia.

According to court documents, in November 2015, Al-Ibraheemi wrote a letter to the Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi, on false letterhead of the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). In the letter, Al-Ibraheemi, using the alias William J. Peterson, urged the Iraqi Prime Minister to replace the director of the Iraqi National Intelligence Service. Al-Ibraheemi signed the letter as the Middle East Section Chief of ODNI’s Office of the Deputy Director for Intelligence Integration. The Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community later confirmed for the FBI that the letter was a fraudulent document.

Al-Ibraheemi served as an interpreter for the U.S. Military in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He immigrated to the U.S. in 2009 under the Significant Public Benefit Parole Program and was sponsored by a U.S. Army officer with whom he had served in Iraq. Al-Ibraheemi settled in Beaverton in 2012 and enrolled as an engineering student at Portland State University.

This case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Craig Gabriel, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

Updated April 10, 2018