Dec 14, · A Long Island woman was busted sending tens of thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoins to ISIS fighters overseas — after swindling money from banks using bogus information. Zoobi Shahnaz, 27, . Dec 14, · Long Island Woman Accused of Using Bitcoin to Send Tens of Thousands of Dollars to ISIS The woman worked at a Manhattan hospital until June this year, court documents say. Dec 15, · The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced yesterday that a US citizen, Zoobia Shahnaz, has been arrested and charged with sending funds to the Islamic State (ISIS). Shahnaz, a year-old resident of Long Island, New York, has also been charged with “bank fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and three substantive counts of money laundering” — all in the service of .
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Shahnaz was charged in a grand jury indictment unsealed Thursday with bank fraud and money laundering to support a foreign terrorist organization. She appeared in court later that evening where she pleaded not guilty to the charges. Defence lawyer Steve Zissou said his client was not helping ISIS, but was instead collecting money for humanitarian means. The Pakistani-born woman worked as a lab technician at a hospital in Manhattan until June, prosecutors said.
Shahnaz bought cryptocurrency with the credit cards, converting it to U. She then allegedly transfer the laundered funds out of the country to support ISIS, prosecutors allege.
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Bitcoin: hot investment opportunity or looming bubble? Law enforcement agents, who were aware of her wire transfers abroard, intercepted Shahaz at an airline gate at JFK, prosecutors said.
She told them that she planned to visit various mosques and tourist sites in Istanbul. But when she was asked about some of the wire transfers, "she provided false and conflicting explanations" about the reason for them, prosecutors said.
A federal grand jury indicted Shahnaz months later, in December , and she was detained without bail after her arrest. Skip Navigation. Markets Pre-Markets U. Key Points.