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Maryland Restaurateur Plotted To Frame Wife As Terrorist

HANOVER, Md. (AP) -- A Maryland man is accused of plotting to kill his wife, falsely implicate her as a terrorist and burn down his restaurant for insurance money.

The Capital reports a federal indictment unsealed Monday says 51-year-old Khalil Ahmad gave an informant $5,000 as a down payment to have his wife "set up to look like a terrorist."

The June indictment describes a scheme to burn down Ahmad's Pakistani restaurant, Allah Rakha, as he faced financial pressure from banks, business partners and customers he owed money.

Prosecutors say Ahmad was worried his wife could receive a large settlement in the divorce for which she filed in April.

Ahmad was arrested on state charges in June, released and arrested on federal charges Aug. 2. It's unclear whether he has a lawyer.

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