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ISIS used eBay to send money to an operative in the US

August 11, 2017

An FBI investigation found that a top ISIS official used eBay to send money to an operative in the United States, the Wall Street Journal reported.

A recently unsealed affidavit, filed in a federal court in Baltimore, alleged that Mohamed Elshinawy set up fake eBay transactions and received roughly $8,700 from ISIS through PayPal under the cover of fake computer printer sales.

Elshinawy was arrested more than a year ago following an FBI investigation, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Elshinawy was part of a global network that operated from the United Kingdom to places like Bangladesh, and that was run by Siful Sujan, a senior ISIS leader who was killed in a 2015 air strike, according to the FBI.

Elshinawy told investigators that ISIS told him to use the funds to carry out attacks in the United States. However, Elshinawy said that he never planned to carry out any attacks.

Other alleged operatives involved in the global network have been arrested in Britain and Bangladesh, according to the affidavit.

Elshinawy is now awaiting trial.