PressTV-US woman charged with using bitcoin to fund terrorists

A New York woman has been charged with attempting to use bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to send tens of thousands of dollars to the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group previously operating but now defeated in Syria.

US Federal prosecutors indicted Zoobiah Shahnaz on three counts of money laundering, one of conspiracy to launder money, and one of bank fraud between May and August this year, according to a statement from the US Department of Justice.

Court documents claimed that the 27-year-old had fraudulently obtained more than 85,000 dollars through a bank loan and credit cards to buy bitcoin and similar currencies online to fund Daesh.

“As alleged, the defendant Zoobia Shahnaz engaged in a bank fraud scheme, purchased bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and laundered money overseas, intending to put thousands of dollars into the coffers of terrorists,” said Bridget M. Rohde, the acting US attorney for the Eastern District of New…

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