FBI arrests Brother of San Bernardino Terrorist and 2 others

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FBI arrests Brother of San Bernardino Terrorist and 2 others

Syed Raheel Farook, older brother of San Bernardino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook, was arrested Thursday morning along with his wife Tatiana and Mariya Chernykh on numerous charges including lying to federal investigators. Chernykh was also charged with fraudulently marrying Enrique Marquez Jr., who provided weapons to the  shooters.

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The home of Syed Raheel Farook

Federal agents served search warrants this morning at the Farook home in Corona, California, and at Chernykh’s home in Ontario. They have served multiple search warrants at the Farook home since the shootings in San Bernardino.

The charges

According to the LA Times,

They were charged with conspiring to concoct the illusion of a marriage between Marquez and Chernykh, and would face up to five years in federal prison if convicted. Chernykh was also charged with fraud, misuse of visas and other documents, perjury and two counts of lying to federal investigators. Those additional charges together carry a maximum sentence of up to 25 years in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

The 12 page indictment stated that Raheel allegedly created a false lease document that showed Chernykh and Enriquez were living together since 2014.  But she actually resided in Ontario at the time.

When they appeared before the Immigration department for their interview, in 2015, authorities said she struggled to maintain that “happily married” persona.

All three were scheduled to appear at Riverside Federal Court at 2 p.m. on Thursday.

A Navy Veteran in trouble

The IBTimes reported,

The elder Farook, in contrast to his brother who carried out the attacks, served in the Navy from 2003-2007. He received both the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. He served for three years as an information system technician aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise.

There is no indication that the brother had any prior knowledge of the attacks  that took the live of 14 people in December. 

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