Lodi Man Pleads Guilty to Lesser Charges


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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, May 31, 2006


U.S. Attorneys and Umer Hayat have reached a plea deal.  The Lodi ice cream truck driver is pleading guilty to lying to customs about
money he took to Pakistan in 2003.  That means the original charges of lying to the F-B-I about his son’s attendance at a terrorist camp will be dismissed.  A jury deadlocked during a trial on those charges in April. US Attorney McGregor Scott says this is not the most desired outcome – but he thinks it’s a good one:


“I think the benefit of the bargain to us was a felony conviction. A certainty.  We did not have t roll the dice on a case that did not split particularly well for us the last time.  He will be on supervised release. He’ll have to account to a probation officer on a regular and ongoing basis.”

 

Hayat’s attorney says the deal is an acknowledgement of his client’s innocence of the original charges.  Hayat’s son Hamid was convicted in April of providing material support to terrorists and lying to the F-B-I.