Knoxville man indicted for supporting terror groups
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WDEF) – A 31 year old Knoxville man has been indicted for supporting Islamic terror groups.
Benjamin Alan Carpenter is also known as “Abu Hamza.”
A Federal Grand Jury accuses him of trying to provide resources to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).
He appeared before a U.S. Magistrate Monday and will remain in custody as a result until his trial in June.
Prosecutors say the Knoxville resident is the leader of Ahlut-Tawhid Publications which translates and publishes ISIS and pro-ISIS media.
His ISIS contact turned out to be an FBI plant.
They say Carpenter provided their undercover officer with ISIS media he had translated into English.
He could face a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted.