A North Texas man has pleaded guilty to lying to U.S. agents about his support for a terrorist group.
Bilal Abood of Mesquite, pleaded guilty Tuesday to making a false statement to a federal agency. He faces up to eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine in the plea deal in Dallas.
Prosecutors say Abood, after being denied boarding of a 2013 flight at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, said he was traveling to Iraq to visit family.
He's a naturalized U.S. citizen who immigrated from Iraq in 2009.
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Abood later traveled through Mexico and eventually reached Syria. U.S. agents interviewed Abood after his return and he denied supporting terrorist groups, such as the Islamic State.
A search of his computer revealed his online oath to the Islamic State leader.