ISIS operatives allegedly used eBay to fund terror operations

An ISIS funding network used fake eBay transactions to transfer money to the US according to a recently unsealed affidavit

The Islamic State (ISIS) used eBay to get funds to an operative in the U.S., according to a detailed Federal Bureau of Investigation report. Federal agents believed he was selling computer printers on eBay as a front for receiving funds via PayPal from the terrorist organization, the Wall Street Journal reports. The scheme was managed by senior ISIS figure Siful Sujan, who was killed in an airstrike in Syria at the end of 2015.

Mohamed Elshinawy was arrested in Maryland more than a year ago following a detailed FBI investigation, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing a 2016 indictment. He used it to buy a phone and a laptop, and to set up a virtual private network, usually just called a "VPN", which hides a user's internet activity from prying eyes, though it doesn't appear to have kept him hidden from the United States government. He is thought to have been connected with now-deceased ISIS operative Junaid Hussain, who similarly inspired would-be Jihadi's in the U.S. Sujan was killed in a U.S. drone strike in December 2015.

A spokesman for eBay Inc. said the company "has zero tolerance for criminal activities taking place on our marketplace" and said that they are working with law enforcement on the case.

Elshinawy received money via the PayPal online payment system and said that he was instructed by the terror group to use it for "operational purposes".

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PayPal told the WSJ that the holding "invests significant resources" into reporting suspicious activity.

Elshinawy has pleaded not guilty to supporting ISIS, but prosecutors allege the money he received was to be used for a possible terror attack in the US.

Elshinawy was reportedly arrested a year ago and is now in federal custody awaiting trial.

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