Last year the American Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Mohamed Elshinawy, an American Muslim from Maryland, under the accusation of being a suspected ISIS member. However, the investigation agency claims that ISIS sent money into the US through PayPal and a fake eBay account as they had discovered that Mohamed Elshinawy sold his computer printers on eBay in order to receive a payment through PayPal, according to The Wall Street Journal report.
Recently, the FBI has disclosed a document where the agency has mentioned that Elshinawy received a total payment of $8,700. These came through many smaller payments from a senior ISIS member name Siful Sujan, who is claimed to have died in 2015 by a drone strike. By the way, the money Sujan sent to Elshinawy was used to purchase some tech gadgets like a laptop, a cellphone to communicate with ISIS via VPN.
Regarding this issue The Wall Street Journal has contacted eBay and PayPal to know more about it and an anonymous person from eBay said to (TWSJ) that “They have zero tolerance for criminal activities taking place on our marketplace.”
On the other hand, a spokeswoman from PayPal said that the organization “invests significant time and resources in working to prevent terrorist activity on our platform…We proactively report suspicious activities and respond quickly to lawful requests to support law enforcement agencies in their investigations.”
Anyway, right now Elshinawy is waiting for the trial from the court. Throughout the investigation, he was found innocent. The prosecutors’ claims were that he received money from ISIS to organize a terror attack in the USA; he denied the claim, saying that he never had any plan to make any sort of attack in his motherland.