A 66-year-old former linguist for the FBI was arrested Saturday on allegations of misidentifying his own voice from a recording in a terror investigation.
Abdirizak Jaji Raghe Wehelie, also known as Haji Raghe, worked as a federal contractor providing his services as a linguist to the FBI. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Virginia, announced Monday Wehelie’s arrest on charges of making multiple false statements to government officials and obstruction of a federal investigation.
Court documents state that Wehelie was “translating communications captured by court-authorized surveillance of a suspect (Person A) in a terrorism investigation,” according to the USAO release.
“Wehelie allegedly intentionally misidentified his own voice that was captured when Person A left a voicemail message on Wehelie’s mobile telephone,” the release continued. “When questioned by FBI investigators about this particular incident, Wehelie made several misleading and/or false statements.”
Wehelie was scheduled to appear in court Monday afternoon.
If convicted, Wehelie faces up to 25 years in prison.