Published On: Thu, Jul 16th, 2015

Robert McCollum, aka Amir Said Rahman Al-Ghazi indicted for attempting to provide material support to ISIL

A Sheffield Lake, OH man has been indicted on 28 counts including  providing material support to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Amir Said Rahman Al-Ghazi/Cuyahoga County Jail

Amir Said Rahman Al-Ghazi/Cuyahoga County Jail

Amir Said Rahman Al-Ghazi, 38, also known as Robert C. McCollum was also indicted on firearms and narcotics violations.

He was arrested last month after he attempted to buy an AK-47 from an undercover FBI agent.

“The charges in this case should remind us that ISIL does not simply present a far-away threat,” U.S. Attorney Steven D. Dettelbach said. “Through social media and other means, ISIL and its mantra of violence can seek to radicalize people of all backgrounds in prisons and communities right here in Ohio. We must keep up our guard.”

“This indictment demonstrates law enforcement’s number one priority—to keep our communities and our nation safe,” said Special Agent in Charge Stephen D.Anthony. “It is clear that no area is immune from the influence of ISIL and its supporters. We hope this indictment will serve as a strong message to others who may consider providing support to terrorists. The FBI and our Joint Terrorism Task Force partners are committed to identifying and stopping these individuals.”

Al-Ghazi, who changed his name from Robert McCollum earlier this year, is alleged to have pledged his support to ISIL and Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi via social media in 2014. From July 2014 to June 2015, Al-Ghazi made multiple statements trying to persuade others to join ISIL. He also expressed his own desire to perpetrate an attack on the United States and had attempted to purchase an AK-47 rifle. Al-Ghazi has communicated with individuals he believed to be members of ISIL in the Middle East and took steps to create propaganda videos for ISIL, according to court documents.

Count one of the indictment charges Al-Ghazi with attempting to provide material support to ISIL. Counts two and three charge Al-Ghazi with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Counts four through 28 pertain to his sale of marijuana from February 2014 through last month.

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