A Toledo grand jury has returned a three-count indictment against a former Ohio State University student, charging him with soliciting the murder of the judge presiding over his case.
U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced that 37-year-old Yahya Farooq Mohammad was charged with attempted first-degree murder of a federal officer, solicitation to commit a crime of violence and use of interstate commerce facilities in commission of murder for hire.
According to the Justice Department, Farooq Mohammad along with Ibrahim Zubair Mohammad, 36; Asif Ahmed Salim, 35; and Sultane Room Salim, 40 were indicted last year on four counts after conspiring to travel to Yemen to provide thousands of dollars to Anwar Al-Alwaki in an effort to support violent jihad against U.S. military personnel.
That case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Jack Zouchary. Farooq Mohammad is accused of soliciting someone to kidnap and murder Judge Zouhary.
Farooq Mohammad allegedly told another inmate in the Lucas County Corrections Center about his plan, according to the justice department.
The inmate then introduced Farooq Mohammad to an undercover FBI employee.
The indictment alleges he was willing to pay $15,000 to have Zouchary killed and have the money sent through a mail courier or they could meet his wife in Chicago to pick up the money.
When asked when he wanted the murder committed, Mohammad stated: “The sooner would be good, you know,” according to the indictment.
Farooq Mohammad’s wife, identified as N.T. in the indictment, met the undercover agent at a post office in Illinois on May 5 providing him with $1,000 in an envelope.
The undercover agent and N.T. met again May 16. The agent showed N.T. a photograph that purported to be of Zouhary’s dead body and demanded the rest of his money. N.T. said she would contact Farooq Mohammad, according to the indictment.
“According to the charges in the indictment, this defendant not only attempted to have a federal judge murdered, but he did so to obstruct justice in a terrorism case against him,” McQuade said. “This prosecution seeks to hold the defendant accountable for attempting to victimize the judge and for trying to undermine our criminal justice system.”