Hor Akl and his wife Amera Akl, who hold dual American and Lebanese citizenships, pleaded guilty last year to sending hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Lebanese terrorist group.
In August 2009, the Ohio couple was approached by an FBI informant to send money to Hizballah for him. The Akls agreed to transfer the money in exchange for a 30 percent commission if they transferred $1 million to the terrorist group. The Akls were arrested on June 3, 2010, after the informant delivered $200,000 to them at their home in Toledo.
Hor and Amera Akl plotted different schemes to transfer money to Hizballah overseas, including stashing $500,000 in cash in a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer and shipping it to Lebanon in a container ship. In discussions with the informant, Amera Akl said that "she dreamed of dressing like Hizballah, carrying a gun, and dying as a martyr."
Amera Akl is currently serving a 40-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.
"Money is the lifeblood of terrorist organizations, and stopping the flow is a key component to choking off these organizations," U.S. Attorney Steven Dettlebach said in a Department of Justice press release announcing Hor Akl's sentence.