Oops: Feds Drop Charges Against Supposed OC Terrorist
Remember Craig Monteilh? The convicted con artist andOC Weeklycover story subject
who claims he helped the FBI foil an OC terrorist cell operating inside local mosques only to be abandoned by the agency after they stopped believing his stories? The guy who claimed he was a hero for helping the feds fight terror, but whose activities led only to the arrest of an Afghan immigrant named Ahmadullah Sais Niazi, who allegedly lied on his visa application about one of his in-laws being involved with Al Qaeda? The guy who promised that Niazi's arrest was just the tip of the iceberg and that soon the feds would be taking down an entire terrorist cell in Orange County?
Well, surprise, surprise, no big terror plot was ever uncovered. And as theOC Register
reported yesterday, federal prosecutors have just asked a judge to drop all charges against Niazi, who they charged with immigration fraud last year after he refused to become an informant for the FBI. Refused is a bit of a misnomer, because in fact, Niazi did have a brief stint as a a federal informant.
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