Alexander Samuel Smith, who went by the name Amir Alexander, was a Charlotte, North Carolina, man who communicated with an FBI informant online. Smith believed the informant was an ISIS supporter. Smith told the informant that he could acquire cheap airline tickets through his girlfriend, who worked for a U.S. domestic airline company. The informant asked Smith to get tickets from Tampa, Florida, to Buffalo, New York, from where supposed accomplices of the informant would sneak into Canada. After the FBI contacted Smith’s girlfriend, Smith voluntarily met with the FBI. He made false statements about his conversations with the FBI informant.