Dearborn man pleads guilty to lying about travel; Was going to Lebanon to fight for Hezbollah

Posted at 4:41 PM, Aug 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-15 17:09:48-04

A Dearborn man who was planning to travel to Lebanon to fight for Hezbollah pleaded guilty to making false statements to federal agents involving terrorism.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade announced Monday that Mohammad Hassan Hamdan, 24, was arrested prior to boarding a flight at DTW on March 16, 2014.

He told agents he was going to Lebanon "to get his teeth fixed," but admitted he told an FBI confidential source he was going to Lebanon to join Hezbollah. They are a "designated foreign terrorist organization," according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

"It is illegal to lie to federal agents because false statements undermine their ability to investigate crime,” McQuade said in a release. “Here, Mr. Hamdan lied to cover up his intent to travel overseas to fight with Hezballah, a group that have been designated by the U.S. government as a terrorist organization.”

Hamdan is expected to be sentenced in federal court on Nov. 16.