Mo. Car Dealer Admits Supporting Al Qaeda

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A used car dealer in Missouri admitted he has been sending money to al Qaeda.

Khalid Quazzani, a Moroccan born naturalized U.S. citizen, pleaded guilty in federal court in Kansas City on Wednesday.

Prosecutors say the 32-year-old sent more than $23,000 to the terrorist group over two years.

In February, he was arrested on 33 counts contained in a sealed grand jury indictment charging him with bank fraud, money laundering, interstate fraud and making false statements to the government. But there was no mention of any terrorism charges in the initial indictment.

Ouazzani has "acknowledged the wrongfulness of his acts," Overland Park, Kan., attorneys Robin Fowler and Tricia Tenpenny said in a statement.

"He deeply regrets what he has done, and is taking steps to atone, to the extent he can, for his crimes. He will continue to do so," the statement read. They declined to provide further details.

Prosecutors said Quazzani faces up to 65 years in prison without parole. No sentencing date has been set.

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