St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - A 31-year-old man was sentenced Tuesday to 140 months in prison for providing material support to a terrorist organization, U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan said.
According to court documents, between February 2008 and July 2009, Mohamud Abdi Yusuf conspired with others to provide money to al-Shabaab, a U.S. State Department-designated foreign terrorist organization. Yusuf used fictitious names and telephone numbers to transfer money to al-Shabaab through businesses operating in the United States.
Al-Shabaab is a Somalia-based terrorist group whose objective is to overthrow the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), eliminating the African Union support for the TFG, and impose Shari'a law. The group has been known to use violence, intimidation and acts of terrorism in Somalia and other locations to further its objectives.
Yusuf pleaded guilty last November to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization and three counts of providing material support to a designated terrorist organization.
Duane Mohamed Diriye, who is a resident of Kenya, was also indicted with Yusuf on October 21, 2010, but still remains at large.