SACRAMENTO (AP) —
An Iraqi-born Palestinian man previously charged with lying to investigators about traveling to a Middle Eastern war zone has now been charged with providing material support to terrorists.
A federal grand jury in Chicago on Thursday indicted 23-year-old Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab on the new and more serious charge.
Al-Jayab came to the United States as an Iraqi refugee in October 2012, according to a criminal complaint.
Al-Jayab, who previously lived in the Midwest, was arrested in Sacramento in January on one federal charge that he lied about traveling to Syria to fight against the government. That charge carries a sentence of up to eight years in prison. He pleaded not guilty to that charge. He is scheduled to appear in court on May 12.
Providing material support carries a maximum 15-year term.
A second man charged from the same investigation, Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan of Houston, faces up to 25 years in prison on allegations he attempted to support the Islamic State organization.