Thu, Oct 18, 2012 1:06 AM EDT

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn charged a 21-year-old Bangladeshi man named Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis for attempting on Wednesday to to blow up the Federal Reserve building with what he believed was a 1,000 pound bomb.

But, the NY Times reports:

[T]he entire plot played out under the surveillance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New York Police Department as part of an elaborate sting operation, according to court papers.

The case is just the latest in a string of New York City terrorism cases that involve the use of informants and concocted plots. In each case, federal agents or NYPD officers connect with young Muslim men who the agents aid in imagining, planning and orchestrating attacks. The agents then arrest the targets for conspiring to commit acts of terrorism.