A Charlotte man accused of recruiting for the Islamic State claims that he worked for years with the FBI to identify potential terrorists.
Erick Jamal Hendricks, 35, is charged with conspiracy to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization. In Hendricks’ case, that group is ISIS.
Federal prosecutors and the FBI say that while living in Columbia and possibly other cities the converted Muslim used social media to recruit potential converts to ISIS. The group has claimed responsibility for acts of terrorism that have killed scores of people worldwide, including in the United States.
In a statement from his Mecklenburg County Jail cell given to the Observer by his mother, Hendricks claims to have been a paid informant of the FBI since 2009 who helped the agency identify potential terrorists. Code name: “Ahkie,” a variation of the Muslim term for “brother.”
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