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Ohio Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Planned Parenthood, Money Laundering


Columbus, Ohio – An Ohio man, Mohamed Waes, 33, pleaded guilty today to charges related to threatening a Planned Parenthood clinic and participating in a money laundering scheme.

Threatening Planned Parenthood:

  • Waes called Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio in July 2022 and threatened to burn down the building because they provide reproductive health services.
  • This act violated the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, which prohibits interference with or intimidation of people accessing or providing reproductive health services.
  • Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke emphasized the Justice Department’s commitment to protecting both patients and providers through enforcing the FACE Act.
  • U.S. Attorney Kenneth L. Parker condemned Waes’ actions and stressed the importance of civil discourse in resolving disagreements.
  • FBI Cincinnati Field Office Acting Special Agent in Charge Cheryl Mimura highlighted the FBI’s commitment to pursuing threats against healthcare providers.

Money Laundering Scheme:

  • Waes also pleaded guilty to conspiring to launder money obtained through business email compromise (BEC) fraud.
  • The scheme involved creating fake email domains imitating legitimate companies and tricking victims into sending payments to accounts controlled by Waes and others.
  • Waes attempted to launder nearly $2 million, successfully laundering over $270,000.
  • Acting Special Agent in Charge Karen Wingerd of IRS Criminal Investigation reaffirmed their dedication to tracking illegal proceeds and holding launderers accountable.

Sentencing and Investigation:

  • A sentencing date will be determined later.
  • The FBI Cincinnati Field Office and IRS Criminal Investigation investigated the case.
  • Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer Rausch and Peter Glenn-Applegate, along with Trial Attorney Daniel Grunert, are prosecuting the case.