Ohio man pleads guilty to threatening to burn down Planned Parenthood building

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) — A Columbus man pleaded guilty Friday to threatening to burn down a Planned Parenthood building in 2022, among other crimes.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 33-year-old Mohamed Waes pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, which states that no person can interfere with or intimidate another person for providing reproductive health services.

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According to court documents, Waes called Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio on July 5, 2022, threatening to burn down the building.

“Threatening to burn down facilities that provide reproductive health services is not just unlawful, it’s conduct that frightens and obstructs patients and providers of reproductive services,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “The Justice Department is committed to enforcing the FACE Act to protect all patients who seek reproductive health services and to protect all staff and facilities that provide these services.”

He also pleaded guilty to felony charges of communicating interstate threats and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

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According to court records, Waes was part of a scheme where scammers would create fake email domains to launder money from businesses between March 2019 and March 2020.

Through those schemes, Waes tried to launder nearly $2 million, and successfully laundered more than $270,000, the Department of Justice says.

Waes will be sentenced at a later date.

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