CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A Waxhaw man accused of lying to federal agents about his efforts to help someone he thought was traveling to Syria to join ISIS appeared was in court Wednesday for his arraignment.
Alexander Samuel Smith, also known as "Amir Alexander," is charged with two counts of making false statements to an agency of the United States, according to the federal indictment.
Smith was in federal court Wednesday where a judge issued him a $25,000 unsecured bond. Smith will be under house arrest once an electronic GPS monitoring device installed in his home. The judge also ruled that Smith, who works as an armed security guard and sole provider for his family, is not allowed to have any weapons.
In court Wednesday, even Smith's attorney said the indictment against Smith "raises issues of national security" but he said he believes the conditions of Smith's bond are "appropriate."
The charges against Smith, who was indicted by a federal grand jury last month, 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.
Smith booked discounted airline tickets using his girlfriend's buddy pass for an unidentified person to fly from Tampa Bay, FL to the Buffalo, NY, according to the indictment. A buddy pass is a discounted ticket available to family and friends of an airline employee.
The indictment claims Smith wanted to go to Syria and join ISIS.
"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."
However, he later denied both wanting to travel to Syria and his support of ISIS in an interview with the FBI, the indictment says. Smith also denied assisting anyone travel to Syria.
in court Wednesday, the judged called the allegations in the indictment against Smith "a little rattling" but said he wants to do what's "fair."