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Post by Ponee Tue Dec 15, 2015 10:57 am

Federal authorities have charged a Harford County man with attempting to provide support to the ISIL — the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant — and allege he accepted money he thought would be used to conduct a terror attack.

Mohamed Elshinawy, 30, of Edgewood, was scheduled to have his initial appearance Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Beth P. Gesner of the District of Maryland in Baltimore. Officials say he is also charged with obstructing agency proceedings and making false statements and falsifying or concealing material facts.

Elshinawy was arrested Friday, Dec. 11, on a federal criminal complaint.

According to allegations in the complaint, Elshinawy received money he believed was provided by ISIL in order to conduct an attack on U.S. soil, according to Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin.

“When confronted by the FBI, he lied in order to conceal his support for ISIL and the steps he took to provide material support to the deadly foreign terrorist organization,” Carlin said in a statement.

An affidavit filed in federal court alleges that in June, the FBI became aware of an individual in Egypt who was attempting to send money to the United States, possibly for nefarious purposes. An investigation revealed that on June 28, $1,000 was wired to Elshinawy. The FBI interviewed Elshinawy on July 17, and the affidavit alleges Elshinawy first claimed his mother had sent him the money, then said the money was to purchase an iPhone for a friend.

Later, he admitted a friend had contacted him a months earlier to connect him, through social media, with an unidentified member of ISIL, according to the affidavit.
Officials say Elshinawy later acknowledged receiving $4,000 in two payments for “operational purposes” which officials say Elshinawy understood to mean causing destruction or conducting a terrorist attack in the United States, according to the affidavit. Elshinawy told officials that ISIL instructed him that if he ever came under surveillance by law enforcement, he should stop activities he was doing in connection with executing an attack.

Elshinawy claimed, however, that he never intended to carry out an attack and was only trying to get money from ISIL.

Federal officials allege that a further review of records indicates Elshinawy allegedly concealed at least $3,500 of $7,700 that he received from ISIL operatives through a PayPal account between March and June 2015. According to the affidavit, Elshinawy used social media, multiple email accounts and “pay as you go” phones subscribed to him under various aliases to communicate with the individuals he understood to be associated with ISIL.

The social media communications between Elshinawy and his childhood friend were in Arabic, and many contained jihadist rhetoric found in ISIL- and other terrorist-related propaganda, officials said.



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