Hemant Lakhani

Charge Date: Thu Dec. 18, 2003
Investigation Type(s):Agent Provocateur, Informant, Sting
Charges:Arms control violations, Material support for terrorists, RICO/racketeering, Smuggling
Outcome:Found guilty
Convictions:Arms control violations, Material support for terrorists, RICO/racketeering, Smuggling
State:New Jersey
Alleged Affiliation: None
Description:

Lakhani, a British clothing salesman, met an undercover informant posing as a representative for a Somali group interested in purchasing weapons for a 9/11 anniversary attack. Lakhani said he could broker the deal, even though he had no connections to terrorism groups. He solicited the assistance of two other undercover agents posing as weapons suppliers, who gave him a phony weapon. He was sentenced to 47 years in prison.

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