HOUSTON — A man who told undercover agents he had "no loyalty for America" has been charged with trying to build a bomb and sell it to an affiliate of Al Qaeda, officials said Monday.
Ronald A. Grecula, 68, of Bangor, Pa., was arrested Friday in Houston during a meeting with undercover FBI agents, U.S. Atty. Michael Shelby said. At the meeting, Grecula indicated a willingness to build and sell an explosive device that would be used against Americans, officials alleged in court documents.
Grecula reportedly was angry at the government over losing custody of his two children, with whom he had fled to Malta. He met a confidential source in prison there while awaiting extradition to the United States for the alleged kidnapping of the children, then 10 and 3, in a custody dispute in 2002.
Grecula appeared in court Monday but did not enter a plea. A detention hearing was set for Thursday. He has been charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.