Maine Gov. Paul LePage told the Boston Herald that Adnan Fazeli and his family received cash and food stamp benefits befor Fazeli left Portland, Maine, on Aug. 13, 2013, on a flight to Turkey. Fazeli was killed in Lebanon last year while fighting for ISIS, according to the federal court documents.
The information was contained in an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Portland last Oct. 27 by Maine State Police
Detective George Loder, the Portland paper said. Loder was acting as a member of an FBI task force investigating whether other people assisted Fazeli.
The investigation ended with no charges.
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LePage told the Herald the Fazeli case prompted him to order a review of all benefit programs for refugees.
But state officials, citing federal law, will not confirm whether or not Fazeli or his family received welfare benefits when he lived in Maine between 2009 and 2013.
According to the law, only law enforcement, immigration officials and state administrators are allowed to know who receives welfare benefits. The law states the officials “must adequately protect the information against unauthorized disclosure.”
The Herald, nevertheless, cited Maine officials who said Fazeli was on food stamps and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families for at least four years until he left for Turkey.
The Boston paper said LePage was “embarrassed” by the revelation, and a spokeswoman for the governor said the administration has “many active investigations” that involve immigrants receiving state benefits, including ones of “potential criminal activity.”
Four anonymous informants, according to the affidavit, noticed changes in Fazeli’s behavior and appearance about one yea after he came to the Portland area through Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services, the Portland Press Herald reported.
Fazeli often watched hours of Islamic videos online, grew a beard and began making anti-American remarks, the informants said.
Meanwhile, a rabbi in the northeastern French city of Strasbourg was stabbed Friday by a knife-wielding man who shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the attack.
A Strasbourg police spokesman told the Associated Press, however, that police were not classifying the incident as terror-related because the perpetrator had “clear deficiencies” and a police record.
France has been on high alert for terrorism since the November ISIS attack in Paris that killed 130 people and the Bastille Day truck ramming attack in Nice in July that killed 85.