Kentucky imam sentenced to 2 years in kidnapping plot


Mahmoud Shalash (Photo: Woodford County Detention Center)(WDKY)

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – A Kentucky Islamic leader was sentenced to two years in prison for conspiring to kidnap a man who owed him money.

Former Lexington imam Mahmoud Shaker Shalash will also serve five years of supervised release after his two-year prison sentence. Shalash was also ordered to pay a $20,000 fine and forfeit $81,861.99.

Shalash pleaded guilty in January to conspiring to kidnap someone and two counts of money laundering.

The former imam of the Islamic Center of Lexington was also accused of trying to hire a hit man in May 2019, but that count was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

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