By j. krishna moorthi
A Long Island women was accused of laundering bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and then wiring the money overseas to help ISIS, the Islamic State terror group, according to Federal prosecutors. Zoobia Shahnaz, a 27-year old Pakistan-born resident of Brentwood, was held without bail on Thursday following her arraignment on charges of bank fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering, prosecutors said.
The former lab technician worked in Manhattan and had no criminal history according to prosecutors. Beginning in March she fraudulently obtained more than $85,000 through a bank loan and credit cards to buy bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies online.
“She then made several wire transactions to individuals and opaque entities in Pakistan, China, and Turkey which were designed to avoid transaction reporting requirements and conceal the identity, source, and destination of the illicitly obtained monies,” court documents stated.
“These transactions were intended to benefit ISIS, which the defendant sought to join in Syria,” the document also stated. During this period. prosecutors said Shahnaz had accessed numerous ISIS propaganda websites and message boards.
We expect more of this type of activities will come in the future as the result of President Trump’s immigration ban. Concerned authorities will need to be more vigilant so this won’t become a problem. With the number of refugees brought to this country over the last few years, we have no way of knowing which ones are terrorist sympathizers and ready to provide them with financial assistance. ISIS fighters are hellbent on destroying the Great Satan, as they refer to the United States and killing every single one of us in their quest for world domination.
Regardless of what you hear from those on the left and MSM, Islamic fanatics are NOT our friends. They have one goal. They believe we are preventing them from creating a world under Islamic rule and if we do not surrender then we must be destroyed.