According to Newsday, a
second Iraqi refugee has pleaded guilty in federal court for illegally
obtaining a driver's license to haul hazardous materials. He is
the second of 20 Middle Eastern men indicted in the case to plead
Ali Al-Ubiedy was charged
with bribing a former Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
official to bypass state examinations for truckers to haul hazmat.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 12.
The federal charges were
announced in late September amid reports that terrorists linked
to the nine-eleven attacks might be planning strikes involving
hazmat trucks. Federal authorities have since said none of the
defendants have been linked to any terrorist plots.
The first man charged,
Alawi Al-Barra, pleaded guilty in December to one count of fraudulently
obtaining a federal identification document. He admitted paying
a license examiner to get the license so he could work at a trucking
Robert Ferrari, a former
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation examiner, was indicted
by a federal grand jury in October and also has been charged in
a separate investigation by the state Attorney General's office.