OC man arrested for passport fraud planned to join terrorist group ISIS

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) -- An Orange County man who allegedly told federal investigators he was planning on flying overseas to join the Al-Qaeda breakaway group ISIS is scheduled to be arraigned in a federal court on Monday.

Adam Dandach, also known as Fadi Fadi Dandach, was stopped by FBI agents as he was about to board a flight at John Wayne Airport to Istanbul, Turkey.

Dandach had applied in June for an expedited U.S. passport, citing that he had accidentally thrown his previous passport away when he was cleaning a drawer filled with old papers and folders.

Dandach's brother, Ghassan Ghannoum, however, told FBI agents that Dandach had made reservations to fly overseas on December 25, 2013, but his mother hid his passport and took his money after learning about the trip.

On July 2, Ghannoum spoke with Dandach, who confirmed he knew his mother had taken his passport and had committed perjury on the passport application, according to a federal criminal complaint.