SEVERE WX : Air Quality Alert View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Impersonating U.S. Intelligence Official, Oregon Man Wrote to Iraqi Prime Minister

The former Iraqi interpreter was sentenced to two years of probation after he forged an official document.

Posted: Apr 10, 2018 4:23 PM
Updated: Apr 10, 2018 4:33 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — A Beaverton man has been sentenced to two years of probation after forging an official document in which he claimed to be a fictional U.S. intelligence officer and attempted to influence the Prime Minister of Iraq, according to the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ).

Authorities say that in November of 2015, 34-year-old Wathiq Al-Ibraheemi forged a letter using the official insignia of the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). Addressing the letter to Haider al-Abadi, the Prime Minister of Iraq, Al-Ibraheemi pretended to be an intelligence official named William J. Peterson.

In the letter, Al-Ibraheemi encouraged the Iraqi Prime Minister to replace the director of the Iraqi National Intelligence Service. "Peterson" ranked as the Middle East Section Chief of ODNI's Office of the Deputy Director for Intelligence Integration, according to the DOJ.

The Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community was able to confirm for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that the letter was a fraud.

According to the DOJ, Al-Ibraheemi was an interpreter for the U.S. military in Iraq, after which he immigrated to the U.S. and settled in Beaverton. His immigration in 2009 came as part of the Significant Public Benefit Parole Program—which allows asylum in the U.S. for foreign citizens who give considerable help to U.S. forces—and was sponsored by a U.S. Army officer with whom he had served in Iraq.

After moving to Beaverton in 2012, Al-Ibraheemi enrolled as an engineering student at Portland State University.

Zuhair al-Gharbawi—the director of the Iraqi National Intelligence Service in 2015, and a holdover from the previous administration—was replaced by Prime Minister al-Abadi in June of 2016, according to PressTV. Mustafa Kadhimi was appointed as the new director.

This case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Craig Gabriel, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 30060

Reported Deaths: 521
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah6690129
Marion433689
Washington420858
Umatilla288141
Clackamas219961
Malheur147023
Jackson10073
Lane91314
Deschutes73912
Yamhill72114
Jefferson5038
Polk48915
Morrow4775
Lincoln47013
Linn44913
Union4352
Klamath2672
Benton2476
Hood River2400
Wasco2303
Douglas1953
Josephine1802
Columbia1481
Coos1340
Clatsop1060
Baker892
Crook601
Tillamook470
Lake290
Wallowa281
Curry260
Sherman180
Harney120
Grant100
Gilliam70
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 775037

Reported Deaths: 14804
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2572716324
Riverside563741143
San Bernardino51467839
Orange513991115
San Diego43619754
Kern31076340
Fresno27381348
Sacramento20961371
Alameda20162365
Santa Clara19891295
San Joaquin19701407
Stanislaus16150325
Contra Costa15544197
Tulare15486255
Ventura12073141
Imperial11457310
San Francisco1056991
San Mateo9332142
Monterey919765
Santa Barbara8785109
Merced8692131
Kings715877
Sonoma6827114
Marin6505111
Solano605455
Madera427058
Placer338541
San Luis Obispo331627
Yolo272153
Butte270433
Santa Cruz21088
Sutter162110
Napa158713
San Benito126010
Yuba11087
El Dorado10544
Mendocino81718
Lassen7300
Shasta66114
Glenn5473
Colusa4996
Nevada4975
Tehama4853
Humboldt4826
Lake43310
Calaveras30513
Amador28616
Tuolumne2163
Inyo18714
Mono1632
Siskiyou1590
Del Norte1351
Mariposa752
Plumas490
Modoc230
Trinity150
Sierra60
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Medford
Overcast
67° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 67°
Brookings
Overcast
63° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 63°
Crater Lake
Few Clouds
57° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 57°
Grants Pass
Overcast
59° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 59°
Klamath Falls
Few Clouds
57° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 57°
Thunderstorms potential into this evening
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events