- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - A Jordanian-born Houston-area man awaiting trial for the slaying of a female Iranian activist has been sentenced to almost four years in prison for conspiring with family members to defraud the U.S. government.

Ali Irsan of Conroe was sentenced to 45 months in federal prison for conspiring to receive undeserved Social Security payments.

The 58-year-old naturalized American has been charged with capital murder in the 2012 death of Gelareh Bagherzadeh (geh-LAH’-reh bag-HUR’-zah-deh). The graduate student at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center was shot while driving in Houston.

Irsan’s wife, Shmou Ali Alrawabdeh (SHMOO’ ah-LEE’ al-RAH’-wahb-deh), and daughter Nadia Irsan previously received two-year prison sentences for making false statements in the scheme. The mother is charged with murder in the activist’s death; Nadia is charged with felony stalking.

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