CPA Pleads Guilty To Helping Al-Qaeda

A former employee of New York-based PricewaterhouseCoopers (FY10 gross revenue of $8.0 billion) has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he used his technical skills to lend support to al-Qaeda. Sabirhan Hasanoff pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood in June, in New York City. Hasanoff is accused of traveling to Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen and allegedly was paid $50,000 to transfer funds and perform other chores for al-Qaeda.

Hasanoff holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Australia. He lived in Brooklyn and formerly worked as a senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers. A co-defendant, Wesam El-Hanafi, allegedly recruited Hasanoff into a small terror cell, according to El-Hanafi has pleaded not guilty.