New York Woman Pleads Guilty to Wiring ISIS $150,000, Including Cryptocurrency

A 27-year-old New York woman pleaded guilty in federal court on Monday to providing material support to ISIS. Zoobia Shahnaz, of Brentwood, faces 20 years in prison, restitution, criminal forfeiture and a fine for wiring over $150,000 to terrorists and shell organizations that were fronts for ISIS in Turkey, China and Pakistan.

“Specifically, Shahnaz obtained a loan for approximately $22,500 by way of materially false pretenses, representations and promises,” said the Department of Justice. “She also fraudulently applied for and used over a dozen credit cards, which she used to purchase approximately $62,000 in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies online. She then engaged in a pattern of financial activity, culminating in several wire transactions totaling over $150,000 to individuals and shell entities in Pakistan, China and Turkey that were fronts for ISIS.”

Shahnaz collected the funds between May 2017 and July 2017, and was arrested on July 31 as she attempted to board a flight at John F. Kennedy International Airport to Istanbul, from where she planned to travel to Syria to join the terrorist group.

SEE: OIG Report: 20,000 ISIS Terrorists in Iraq and Syria; Fight Is ‘Years, If Not Decades’ from Over

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Multimedia journalist James Cullum has reported for over a decade to newspapers, magazines and websites in the D.C. metro area. He excels at finding order in chaotic environments, from slave liberations in South Sudan to the halls of the power in Washington, D.C.

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