A US federal court sentenced a US citizen to 13 years in prison for money laundering for ISIS. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
According to an announcement by the Department of Justice on March 13, Zoobia Shahnaz from Long Island was sentenced to 13 years in prison for working to fund the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham by paying in cryptocurrencies for more than $ 150,000. He also worked on moving to Syria and becoming a member of IS.
Fraudulent Loans to Finance
To collect donations, Shahnaz allegedly cheated on large banks, including American Express, Chase and Discover. according to the original indictment dated December 2017.
The United States claimed that Shahnaz, under false pretenses, had received loans and credit cards to buy cryptocurrencies that he channeled through Pakistan, China and Turkey, and eventually through ISIS
As Cointelegraph reported, Shahnaz was en route to Syria in July 2017 when officials prevented him from boarding a flight at New York's JFK airport. She was arrested later that year.
Reasons: Medical aid for Syrian refugees
Shahnaz pleaded guilty in November 2018. He requested a judgment under the guidelines. In a judgment in early March, Shahnaz’s legal adviser relied on his age, he was born in 1990, and on his volunteer work with Syrian refugees by the Syrian-American Medical Society.
The conviction record further highlighted the history of Shahnaz & # 39; community service:
"In contrast to the 79 Americans identified in the study who have been traveling to Syria and / or since 2011 traveled to Iraq and joined. For jihadist groups operating in these countries, none of the same things motivated Zoobia Shahnaz to do so, that is, the desire to heal the sick and care for the wounded. "
Since zinc or charges against him, 110 instead of 13 years could have cost him behind bars, the defense strategy might have worked.
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