Federal inmate accused of trying to arrange murder of Toledo judge

TOLEDO (13abc Action News) - A man held on charges of trying to funnel money to Al Qaeda is now charged with trying to have a federal judge killed.

A federal grand jury indicted Yahya Farooq Mohammad Wednesday. He’s accusing of trying to solicit someone to kill Judge Jack Zouhary.
Mohammad was indicted in 2015 of trying to provide financial support to Anwar Al-Awlaki to support attacks against US trooper across the Middle East.

While in the Lucas County Jail, Mohammad is accusing of telling another inmate he wanted judge Zouhary killed. In a statement Wednesday, the US Attorney’s office said that inmate introduced Mohammad to an undercover FBI employee. Mohammad is accused of offering $15,000 to have Zouhary killed.

According to the US attorney’s office, that undercover FBI agent then met Mohammad’s wife at an Illinois post office where she gave the agent $1000.

The US attorney’s office says the undercover agent even showed Mohammad’s wife a photograph that was purported to show Zouhary’s dead body to finalize the financial transaction.

If convicted on the new charges, Mohammad could serve up to 50 years in prison.

Mohammad has yet to face trial on the charges of funneling money to Al Qaeda.