A one-time member of the Amal and Hezbollah militia was sentenced to prison Monday in San Antonio, Texas for lying to federal authorities on his petition for United States citizenship.
Wissam “Sam” Allouche, 45, born in Lebanon, was sentenced to five years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth according to Acting U.S. Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr. and FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, of the San Antonio FBI Division.
Trial testimony indicated that Allouche, in 1999 met Jennifer Reisenleiter-Danko, a U.S. Army soldier in Germany. They were married until 2009 when their divorced became final in Bexar County, just several months after he became a naturalized citizen of the U.S.
Allouche, according to the FBI, “failed to disclose in January 2009 to U.S. immigration authorities the fact that in the 1980s, he was a member of the Amal militia in order to remain in the United States.”
“In addition, while seeking a contract linguist position with the U.S. Department of Defense that required top security clearance, evidence revealed that Allouche failed to disclose that he was held as a prisoner of war by Israel,” Durbin revealed. “Present and former relatives testified Allouche later made statements that he subsequently killed an Israeli pilot captured by Hezbollah in retaliation for his imprisonment.”
Intelligence reports indicate Hezzbollah was formed by Muslim clericks, members of the Amal movement, and possible support from Syria and Iran. Formed in the 1980s, Hezzbollah has been on the terrorist group list of the U.S. since 1997.
Allouche, falsely claimed he was an officer of the U.S. Special Forces while he made visits to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. Earlier news reports indicated Allouche, while actually wearing a U.S. military uniform, attempted to brag about being a special forces member to form relationships with women on the post with the intention of gathering intelligence and sensitive information. Allouche actually bought and operated a gas station at Walzem and Interstate 35 and was a used car salesperson briefly.
“Evidence presented during trial also showed that in 2009, Allouche unlawfully obtained U.S. citizenship by claiming that he was living with his estranged wife when, in fact, they were in divorce proceedings. On February 20, 2015, jurors convicted Allouche of both charges,” FBI Special Agent Combs stated.
Allouche was taken into custody after a three-year undercover investigation involving the San Antonio Joint Terrorism Task Force and FBI. During a raid of his Universal City home in 2011, agents found fabricated documentation he attempted to use for security clearances, including Defense Department and U.S. special forces associations.
Investigations revealed Allouche had been given three different aliases, one meaning “god of death,” while he was with Amal and Hezbollah. Eight photos showed Allouche holding assault rifles or rocket propelled grenades. He claimed to many that he sodomized the Israeli pilot POW before killing him.
“Judge Lamberth sentenced Allouche to five-year terms of imprisonment, to run concurrently, for making a false statement to a federal agent and for an unlawful attempt to procure and obtain naturalization and citizenship,” Combs stated. “Today, Judge Lamberth found that there was evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that Allouche was a member of the Amal militia and had command authority over Hezbollah.”