Pa. Man Accused of Trying to Sell Bomb to Al-Qaida


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jsalcedo
May 23, 2005, 09:43 PM
HOUSTON (AP) - A 68-year-old Pennsylvania man was arrested on charges he tried to build a bomb and sell it to an agent he thought was a member of Al-Qaida, officials said Monday.

Ronald Allen Grecula of Bangor, Pa., was arrested Friday in Houston during a meeting with undercover FBI agents, U.S. Attorney Michael Shelby said. During that meeting, Grecula indicated willingness to build and sell an explosive device that was to be used against Americans, officials alleged in court documents.

Grecula was set to make his initial court appearance Monday afternoon. He has been charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization, specifically al-Qaida, a news release from Shelby's office said.

If convicted, he could receive a sentence of up to 15 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.


He dealt with an undercover officer who he thought was a member of al-Qaida, the release said. A confidential source had introduced the agent to Grecula, it said.


Grecula negotiated with the source and later with undercover officers between April and last Friday to build and sell a bomb to terrorist groups targeting the United States, according to court documents.


The FBI recorded conversations with Grecula, in which he talked about technical knowledge about building an explosive device, his willingness to put on a demonstration, and the need for all involved to ``be careful'' as they planned the venture, Shelby said.

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Standing Wolf
May 23, 2005, 09:59 PM
...and the need for all involved to ``be careful'' as they planned the venture...

Very careful, possibly even extremely careful.

TarpleyG
May 24, 2005, 09:27 AM
This same guy was also charged with kidnapping and other stuff a few years back. I am not sure what the outcome of that was though.

Greg

From the Orange County Register
Man charged in al-Qaida bomb plot

HOUSTON - A man who told undercover agents he has "no loyalty for America" has been charged with trying to build a bomb and sell it to an affiliate of al-Qaida, officials said.

Ronald A. Grecula, 68, of Bangor, Pa., was arrested Friday in Houston during a meeting with undercover FBI agents, U.S. Attorney Michael Shelby said. At the meeting, Grecula indicated willingness to build and sell an explosive device that would be used against Americans, officials alleged in court documents.

Grecula was angry at the government over losing custody of his children, with whom he fled to Malta. He met a confidential source in prison there while awaiting extradition to the United States for the alleged kidnapping of the children, then 10 and 3, in a custody dispute in 2002.

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