- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - The Justice Department is taking steps to strip U.S. citizenship from a former Islamic charity director for allegedly not disclosing his support for extremist groups.

A government filing on Wednesday in federal court in Chicago accuses Enaam Arnaout of lying in his 1993 application to become a naturalized citizen. It says that included lies about alleged ties to Osama bin Laden.

In a statement later Wednesday, defense lawyer Thomas Durkin called the bid to revoke his Syrian-born client’s citizenship “wrongheaded” and “vindictive.” Durkin says it’s part of what he calls “the government’s ubiquitous and unending War on Terror.”

Arnaout pleaded guilty in 2003 to defrauding donors to his Benevolence International foundation. The suburban Chicago man was released from prison in 2010.

He’s denied allegations he ever raised money for terrorists.

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