ISIS Laundered Money into US Using eBay

Andrew Cummings
August 11, 2017

A recently unsealed Federal Bureau of Investigation affidavit reveals investigators in the USA have been looking into a global financial network which used fake eBay transactions to funnel money to an alleged operative in the U.S.

Elshinawy allegedly pledged his allegiance to IS and received nearly 9,000 dollars through fake eBay transactions by pretending to sell printers, according to the newspaper.

According to a report from Wall Street Journal, a recently unsealed affidavit, which was filed in the federal court in Baltimore, alleges that Mohamed Elshinawy - a United States citizen who pledged allegiance to Isis - received about $8,700 (£6,713) from the terrorist group under the cover of fake sale of computer printers via eBay.

Elshinawy is now awaiting trial after pleading "not guilty" of support of terrorism, according to the newspaper.

The funds allegedly came from Siful Sujan, who was killed in a 2015 drone attack.

Investigators allege that Elshinawy, who lived in Edgewood, Maryland, was recruited to ISIS in 2015 by a childhood friend.

According to the media, Elshinawy admitted he was told to use the received money for "operational purposes" within the country, but denied he planned any assaults in the US.

A spokesperson for PayPal told Gizmodo it is working with law enforcement on this investigation and that the "company proactively reports any suspicious activities, investing significant time and resources into our vigilant efforts to prevent terrorist activity on the PayPal platform".

A spokesman for eBay said that the company has "zero tolerance" for crime on its platform and is now cooperating with law enforcement on the case.

eBay also said that they "worked with law enforcement to bring this individual to justice".

"The recently unsealed FBI affidavit, filed in federal court in Baltimore, alleges that Mr. Elshinawy was part of a global network stretching from Britain to Bangladesh that used similar schemes to fund Islamic State".

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