SEVERE WX : Air Stagnation Advisory View Alerts

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.

Cases: 70832

Reported Deaths: 885
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah15875232
Washington997499
Marion9017137
Clackamas585377
Umatilla430149
Lane420241
Jackson364428
Malheur237942
Deschutes222814
Yamhill164816
Linn138522
Polk116816
Douglas91217
Jefferson80811
Union7715
Benton7667
Klamath7604
Morrow6517
Lincoln61315
Wasco51919
Josephine5104
Columbia4783
Coos4182
Hood River3941
Clatsop3510
Baker2723
Crook2176
Grant1341
Curry1292
Tillamook1230
Lake1171
Harney961
Wallowa713
Sherman230
Gilliam220
Wheeler30
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1185576

Reported Deaths: 19089
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles3877937604
San Bernardino902221129
Riverside857741437
San Diego76359996
Orange750951577
Kern40337448
Fresno37724481
Sacramento35854566
Santa Clara32985476
Alameda28857505
San Joaquin25738502
Contra Costa23571261
Stanislaus21460424
Tulare20649308
Ventura19058175
Imperial15862356
San Francisco15156160
Monterey14750116
San Mateo13715170
Sonoma11922157
Merced11537179
Santa Barbara11277135
Kings1047587
Solano1003681
Marin7628129
Placer635468
Madera604785
San Luis Obispo596435
Shasta471847
Yolo462675
Santa Cruz426928
Butte389459
Sutter314415
Napa298817
El Dorado22174
Yuba198110
San Benito183716
Lassen17733
Tehama161225
Mendocino148522
Nevada11849
Tuolumne9088
Glenn8928
Lake89019
Humboldt8509
Colusa6946
Siskiyou6242
Mono5273
Amador52016
Calaveras47822
Del Norte3131
Inyo29016
Plumas2050
Trinity1390
Mariposa1282
Modoc1250
Alpine470
Sierra190
Unassigned00
Medford
Overcast
32° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 32°
Brookings
Clear
36° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 36°
Crater Lake
Clear
17° wxIcon
Hi: 42° Lo: 22°
Feels Like: 17°
Grants Pass
Overcast
34° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 30°
Klamath Falls
Clear
17° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 19°
Feels Like: 17°
Dense, freezing fog tonight
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events