Ashland arborist accused of funding terror organization released
An Ashland arborist who is accused of sending thousands of dollars overseas to fund a terrorist organization has been released.
54-year-old Pete Seda has been released from home confinement in his Portland residence after a federal appeals court overturned his 2010 conviction for money laundering.
Seda was convicted of using his Ashland based Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation to send roughly $150,000 to rebels in Chechnya and then using fraudulent tax returns to hide the money laundering. Appeals court judges threw the case out because Seda’s attorneys were only given summations of classified material the prosecution received during the trial.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has already filed for a new trial which, if granted, would be held in Eugene.