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Charlotte man arrested on charges he lied to FBI about ISIS support

Alexander Samuel Smith Alexander Samuel Smith
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

A Waxhaw man has been charged by federal prosecutors with lying to agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his efforts to help someone he thought was traveling to Syria to join ISIS.

Alexander Samuel Smith, who a federal indictment also identifies as “Amir Alexander”, was arrested Thursday morning on two counts of making false statements to an agency of the United States, court records show.

WBTV went to Smith's home, Thursday evening. A woman who answered the door wouldn't say much except that he wasn't guilty. But as our crew was leaving, another woman threatened physical harm against our reporter as she got in her vehicle.

It's not known how she is related to Smith because she refused to answer any questions. 

"You need to put on there ISIS is us. That's what you need to put on there. He is not ISIS. The government is ISIS," she yelled. 

Smith was indicted by a grand jury last week. The charges stem from an FBI investigation into whether Smith helped book discounted airfare for a man he thought was trying to travel to Syria to join ISIS.

DOCUMENT: Read the federal indictment against Alexander Smith

According to the indictment, Smith booked discount airline tickets for an unidentified person to fly from Tampa, FL to the US-Canada border near Buffalo, NY. Smith booked the discounted ticket using his girlfriend’s buddy passes, a discounted ticket available to family and friends of airline employees.

The indictment does not identify which airline Smith’s girlfriend worked for.

The indictment also claims Smith had a desire to go to Syria and join ISIS, too.

“SMITH discussed with this individual his desire and plans to travel to Syria and offered his assistance in helping others to travel to Syria in support of ISIS,” the indictment reads.

But, later, the indictment says Smith denied both wanting to travel to Syria and his support for ISIS in an interview with FBI agents.

He also denied helping anyone travel to Syria in an interview with FBI agents, the indictment says.

Smith made his first appearance in federal court Thursday, court records show. His next court date is July 5, 2017.

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