A Maryland man has been arrested and charged with attempting to provide support to the Islamic State, or ISIS. (Source: Raycom Media)
(RNN) - A Maryland man has been arrested and charged with attempting to provide support to the Islamic State, or ISIS.
Mohamed Elshinawy, 30, of Edgewood, MD, received money he believed was provided by ISIS “in order to conduct an attack on U.S. soil,” said John P. Carlin, assistant attorney general for national security, in a news release.
When confronted by the FBI, Carlin said Elshinawy lied to conceal his support for ISIS and "the steps he took to provide material support to the deadly foreign terrorist organization."
The Justice Department also said Elshinawy pledged allegiance to ISIS.
He was arrested Friday and made an initial court appearance on Monday.
As outlined in a criminal complaint, Elshinawy allegedly denied involvement with ISIS and said he never intended to conduct an attack, but that he only wanted to take money from “thieves” and he “felt that the FBI should reward him for what he had done.”
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