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    San Bernardino Terrorist’s Brother, Others Arrested on Federal Charges (update)

    San Bernardino Terrorist’s Brother, Others Arrested on Federal Charges

    Tashfeen Malik, Syed Farook / AP
    BY: Morgan Chalfant
    April 28, 2016 5:26 pm

    Three individuals with family connections to Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the terrorists who opened fire on a San Bernardino, California, holiday party last December, have been arrested on multiple charges.

    Rizwan Farook’s older brother Syed Raheel Farook, his wife Tatiana Farook, and her sister Mariya Chernykh were arrested on charges of federal conspiracy, marriage fraud, and making false statements, the U.S Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California announced in a statement Thursday.

    The three were charged in a five-count indictment filed in federal court this week. Raheel Farook and his wife were arrested in Corono, Calif., and Chernykh was arrested in Ontario, Calif.

    The Los Angeles Times reported that all three individuals were charged with conspiring to create the illusion of marriage between Chernykh and Enrique Marquez, the man awaiting trial for allegedly conspiring with Syed Rizwan Farook to provide material support to terrorists. The indictment alleges that Chernykh entered into a fraudulent marriage with Marquez in order to achieve legal status in the United States.

    All three face a maximum of five years in prison for these charges. Additionally, Chernykh is also charged with fraud and misuse of visas, permits, and other documents, perjury, and two counts of making false statements to federal agents. Chernykh faces a maximum of 25 years in federal prison for these charges.

    “As I have said previously, we owe the victims, and the entire community of San Bernardino, a thorough investigation that uncovers all criminal activity surrounding these events,” U.S. Eileen Decker said in a statement announcing the charges. “Today’s arrests open a new phase in the process of bringing to justice all individuals who allegedly committed crimes that were uncovered during our exhaustive investigation.”

    “The charges also reflect the importance we place on statements made to law enforcement officials during a terrorism investigation. Those who lie to or conceal material information from law enforcement officers investigating terrorist acts will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Decker added.

    Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 people in a shooting rampage at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino on December 2. They later died in a shootout with police.

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    Brother of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook guilty in immigration fraud case

    Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 8:03 AM

    LOS ANGELES — The brother of one of the shooters in the San Bernardino terror attack pleaded guilty Tuesday in an immigration fraud case stemming from the probe into the killings.

    Syed Raheel Farook entered the plea in federal court in Riverside to one count of conspiracy to commit immigration fraud, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

    The 31-year-old is the brother of Syed Rizwan Farook, who was killed along with his wife in a shootout with police after the Dec. 2, 2015 attack in which 14 people were slain and 22 injured.

    Syed Raheel Farook, brother of San Bernardino mass shooter Syed Rizwan Farook, is seen in December 2015. (RICK SFORZA/AP)

    Syed Raheel Farook, his wife and Russian sister-in-law were accused last year of conspiring to arrange a fraudulent marriage between the sister-in-law and Enrique Marquez Jr., who is charged with plotting with Syed Rizwan Farook to carry out earlier attacks and with supplying guns used in the 2015 killings.

    U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker said her office continues to seek justice for the victims of the San Bernardino killings.

    “As I have said many times, we are committed to leaving no stone unturned in this investigation,” she said in a statement.

    Syed Raheel Farook is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 13. He faces up to five years in federal prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine, the statement said.

    Tashfeen Malik, left, and Syed Rizwan Farook carried out the attack in San Bernardino, Calif. (AP)

    A message was left for defense attorney Ron Cordova seeking comment.

    Federal authorities said the marriage was a sham that sought to help Syed Raheel Farook’s sister-in-law Mariya Chernykh obtain legal status in the U.S. after overstaying a visitor visa.

    In court papers, authorities said Marquez confessed to the scheme when authorities questioned him about the shootings and he acknowledged getting $200 a month for the marriage.

    Farook’s wife Tatiana and Chernykh are scheduled for trial on March 28, the statement said.
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