Acting U.S. Attorney of the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning announced Tuesday a Maryland man has pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to ISIS.
Thirty-two-year-old Mohamed Elshinawy, of Edgewood, conspired with others to provide resources and support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham. Elshinawy and his co-conspirators knowingly and willingly provided ISIS with methods of secret communication and financial funding from February 2015 through about December 15, 2015, according to court documents.
Elshinawy openly expressed his support for the foreign terrorist organization. He also expressed his desire for ISIS to defeat its enemies and be victorious and discussed his alacrity to travel to the Islamic State, where he said he would live. In conversations with others, Elshinawy described himself as a soldier, pledged his allegiance to ISIS and making violent jihad. In doing so, he requested others to spread his message of loyalty to ISIS leadership, according to court documents.
A foreign company sent Elshinawy $8,700 to fund a terrorist attack on American soil. In an attempt to conceal his involvement with the terrorist group, Elshinawy provided FBI agents with false information.
Elshinawy faces a maximum 20-year prison sentence for conspiracy to provide a foreign terrorist organization with material support. Additionally, he faces an 8-year prison sentence for making false statements in a terrorism matter and a 20-year sentence for collection of terrorism financing.