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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Florida

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Individual Who Provided False Statements Regarding Attempted Support Of Extremist Group Pleads Guilty And Is Sentenced

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, announce the conviction and sentencing of Soloman Zaid Alkadhi, 24, of Plantation. On April 24, 2014, Alkadhi pled guilty to a one count information charging him with providing a false statement to Special Agents of the FBI in a matter involving international terrorism, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001(a)(2). Alkadhi was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Joan A. Lenard to 60 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

In October 2009, Alkadhi denied to FBI agents that he planned to travel to Somalia to join and provide assistance to al-Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organization. According to court documents, Alkadhi planned to travel to Somalia to join and provide assistance to the extremist group. Alkadhi acknowledged that after conducting online research into al-Shabaab and its efforts to wage jihad, he traveled from Florida to Kenya and then attempted to cross the Kenyan-Somalian border in an effort to join and provide assistance to that organization.

Mr. Ferrer commended the outstanding investigative efforts of the FBI. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Fels, with assistance of Trial Attorney Jerome Teresinski of the United States Department of Justice, National Security Division, Counterterrorism Section.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

Updated March 12, 2015