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The New Face of Hezbollah? Ohio Couple Arrested on Terror Charges

A federal grand jury Monday indicted Hor Akl and his wife, Amera Akl, both 37, on charges that the West Toledo couple “did knowingly combine, conspire and agree” to aid the terrorist group Hezbollah, according to a 36-page indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Toledo.

The Akls, who are expected to appear in court Tuesday, were named together on three of six charges. Mr. Akl was named individually on three.

Counts one and two, pertaining to conspiracy and intestate commerce in support of terrorism, named both the husband and his wife, as did count six, which alleged the two of them collected $17,296 from a fraudulent insurance claim check in early 2002. Prosecutors claim they intentionally set a 1998 Jeep Cherokee on fire in late 2001 to destroy information, and that they committed wire and mail fraud in so doing.

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