WEST COVINA, Calif. — A judge on Thursday lifted a seal on court records and transcripts that a Southern California man says will prove he was an informant for the FBI.

Craig Monteilh claims he has not been fully paid by the FBI for spying on mosques — an activity that angered the Muslim community and brought accusations that worshippers and clerics were being targeted instead of possible terrorists.

Superior Court Judge Carol Williams Elswick ordered the unsealing of 2007 court records related to a theft case against Monteilh, 47, a fitness consultant from Irvine.

Monteilh said the records include testimony from an FBI agent confirming he worked with the agency as an informant.