US girl reveals hidden ways to fund ISIS – Details
A US girl who was involved in the terrorist group of the Islamic state (ISIS), revealed various hidden ways she used to finance the extremist organization.
Zoobia Shahnaz, a 27-year-old resident of Brentwood, Long Island, admitted to wiring more than $150,000 to individuals and shell entities that were fronts for ISIS in Pakistan, China and Turkey in 2017, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.
The US girl Shahnaz, who has been in custody since her arrest last December, faces up to 20 years in prison when she is sentenced on a charge of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
Court documents say that Shahnaz – who before June 2017 had worked as a lab technician in Manhattan for about $71,000 per year – traveled to Jordan in January 2016 to volunteer with the Syrian American Medical Society.
Starting in March 2017, Shahnaz engaged in a scheme to scam Chase Bank, TD Bank, American Express and Discover by fraudulently obtaining six credit cards, according to another court filing.
In June 2017, Shahnaz applied for and fraudulently obtained a loan of about $22,500 from a bank in Manhattan, prosecutors said.
A federal grand jury indicted Shahnaz months later, in December 2017, and she was detained without bail after her arrest.