The Department of Justice claims that on Wednesday, they detained a guy from Queens and another from New Jersey for providing financial support to ISIS via cryptocurrency and other ways.
They were arrested on Wednesday morning, along with a man from Virginia and a man from Canada, after hearing testimony from the individual who helped coordinate the donations.
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Both Seema Rahman, 25, and Abdullah At Taqi, 23, of Edison, New Jersey, were arrested and charged with conspiring to offer material support to ISIS.
A federal court in Brooklyn heard the arraignment of Taqi and Rahman.
In total, the four defendants were suspected of donating around $35,000, according to the prosecution.
Furthermore, the guys and the middleman-turned-witness are accused of working together to spread a phony donation link that looked like it was for a good cause but actually went to ISIS.
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U.S. Attorney Breon Peace said, “This crowdfunding network used cryptocurrency, Bitcoin wallets, GoFundMe, and PayPal to collect and raise blood money to assist ISIS, not for needy families as they fraudulently claimed in their attempt to deceive law enforcement.”
In a statement, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said, “I commend our prosecutors and the FBI’s New York Joint Terrorism Task Force for piercing the veil of secrecy to identify the perpetrators of this scheme, reveal the true evil nature of these virtual money transfers, and bring to justice those who seek to enable acts of violent extremism.”