A Columbus Ohio man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for attempting to get a fake passport to travel to Pakistan and for keeping an arsenal of assault weapons and pipe bombs. The man, Abdullah Muslim, formally known as Johnnie Clagg converted to Islam while spending time in prison.
According to prosecutors in the case, Muslim stole personal information from people and then attempted to use the information to get a passport. Once he got the passport, he planned to leave the country to visit Pakistan.
Muslim was wanted on charges of identity theft and attempting to falsify a passport. Police stopped his vehicle in Columbus, Ohio back in October of 2009. After his arrest, federal agents found an arsenal of weapons including two AK 47s, a 9mm semiautomatic rifle and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition, pipe bomb materials, a ballistic face mask and vest, and a flak jacket.
It is unknown if Muslim has ties to any terror organizations or if he was acting alone. If he hadn’t been caught for trying to get a falsified passport, one can only speculate as to the damage that he could have done.
It is important for people to keep forms of personal identification safe. If you suspect that your passport is missing or stolen, you should report it immediately.
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