Laguerre Payen, also known as Amin and Almondo, allegedly participated in a plot to bomb two synagogues in the Bronx and shoot down planes flying from a New York Air National Guard base in 2009. The alleged ring-leader was James Cromitie. Two other accomplices were David Williams, and Onta Williams. They became known as the "Newburgh Four." The FBI arrested them after they planted car bombs outside their targets. They also obtained from an undercover agent what they allegedly thought was a functional Stinger missile. In September 2011, Laguerre Payen was sentenced to 25 years in prison. In July 2023, a judge granted him compassionate release noting that the FBI agents had been overzealous and had "invented the conspiracy."