The Wall Street Journal reported news that a recently unsealed FBI affidavit shows that the alleged recipient of the funds was Mohamed Elshinawy, an American citizen arrested more than a year ago in Maryland. The suspect was part of a global network directed by a now-dead senior ISIS figure in Syria, Siful Sujan. The affidavit indicates that several other alleged operatives had been arrested in Britain and Bangladesh.
Elshinawy, who is in federal custody awaiting trial, pretended to sell computer printers on eBay as a cover to funnel payments for Islamic State through PayPal. He received a total of $8,700, which he used for a laptop, a mobile phone and a VPN communications network, all of which the FBI says he used to communicate with the Islamic State network.