ISIS allegedly turned to eBay to get cash across borders

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Like whatever, terrorism costs money, but it’s not simple for people marked as extremists to transfer substantial amounts of cash.

Government officials watch for these trades, forcing extremists to find different ways to send money where they want it to proceed. For alleged American Islamic Condition conspirator Mohamed Elshinawy, that supposed pretending to market printers on eBay.

Elshinawy received $8,700 from people the FBI believes he knew were in the ISIS orbit, according to an FBI affidavit that was just unsealed. Of that money, he got $1,000 in the Western Union transfer, $1,200 in the printer scheme, and the rest in different obligations made through PayPal.

The Maryland resident, who is in his 30s and allegedly pledged his loyalty to ISIS, obtained the money from a business run with a Syria-based member of ISIS named Siful Sujan. Sujan was allegedly in control of all computer-related items for the extremist group before he was killed by a drone overdue in 2015.

Elshinawy’s cash was likely to be designated for items geared toward operations, though he informed the FBI that he was just trying to scheme some ISIS dudes out of money. He used that money to get a telephone and a laptop, and to set up a virtual private network, normally just referred to as a “VPN,” which hides a user’s online activity from prying eyes, even although it does not appear to have kept him hidden from the USA government.

Elshinawy was detained in 2016. He plead not guilty, and hasn’t yet gone to trial.

The American is allegedly just one of a network of ISIS associates who obtained money in similar ways as the group attempted to fund its extremism out of its base in Syria and Iraq.

Update 2:24 p.m. ET, Aug. 11: This article has been upgraded to reflect a more detailed breakdown of the obligations Elshinawy allegedly received from people believed to be connected with ISIS. Elshinawy didn’t allegedly receive all $8,700 through fake sales of printers on eBay, as was stated earlier.

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