A 2006 photograph of Zacarias Moussaoui.
Pilot gets $5 million for Sept. 11 tip
Flight instructor urged bosses to contact FBI about Moussaoui
NBC News and news services
updated 7:47 p.m. CT, Thurs., Jan. 24, 2008
The Bush administration paid a $5 million reward to a former Minnesota flight instructor who provided authorities with information that led to the arrest and conviction of 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui.
The recipient, Clarence Prevost, was honored Thursday at a closed-door ceremony at the State Department, although the payout was secretly authorized last fall by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the Justice Department, U.S. officials told The Associated Press.
The reward from the State Department's "Rewards for Justice" program is the first and only one to date to a U.S. citizen related to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the officials said.