Shahnaz, a US citizen and onetime Manhattan hospital lab technician with no criminal past, was awaiting arraignment Thursday in federal Court on Long Island.
Prosecutors have argued that after going to Jordan to work in the Syrian American Medical Community - a medical organization operating in Syria - the woman returned to the U.S. and applied for the six credit cards she used to buy bitcoin and other cryptos.
Prosecutors said Shahnaz volunteered to work with the Syrian American Medical Society in Jordan in June 2016.
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After she laundered the money to people in Pakistan, China and Turkey, federal officials say, she "planned to travel to Syria and join ISIS". She spent two weeks in Amman, the Jordanian capital, and in the Zataari refugee camp - described in court documents as a place "where ISIS exercises significant influence".
Shahnaz allegedly meant to "put thousands of dollars into the coffers of terrorists", Acting U.S. Attorney for the Easter District of New York Bridget Rohde said in a statement. After the transactions were sent, according to the statement, Shahnaz was questioned by law enforcement while attempting to travel to Syria from NY.
Federal prosecutors in Suffolk County, New York, argue in the case file that 27-year-old Zumba Shahaz used fake credit cards and loans to raise $ 85,000, which she then attempted to transfer to the organization before attempting to go to Syria to join the ranks of ISIS. "The indictment reflects the resolve of this office, together with our law enforcement partners, to investigate and prosecute anyone who would seek to support terrorists, including those who would perpetrate financial crimes to do so".
Shahnaz now stands accused of bank fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and three substantive counts of money laundering. She then allegedly transfer the laundered funds out of the country to support ISIS, prosecutors allege.