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Long Island woman laundered money to ISIS through Bitcoin, prosecutors say

Zoobia Shahnaz, 27, was charged Thursday after she allegedly laundered more than $85,000 through Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies abroad to the Islamic State.

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A Long Island woman was charged Thursday after she allegedly laundered more than $85,000 through Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies abroad to the Islamic State.

Zoobia Shahnaz, 27, of Brentwood, was charged in federal court with fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and three counts of money laundering, according to the U. S. Attorney’s Office.

Shahnaz, between the months of June and July, allegedly used 16 credit cards fraudulently obtained to purchase almost $63,000 in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. She was also allegedly able to obtain a loan from a Manhattan bank for approximately $22,500 in June.

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After they washed the money to the people in Pakistan, China and Turkey, the federal officials say that they “planned to travel to Syria and join ISIS.”

While the transfer of money to the terrorist group abroad, authorities, Shahnaz had “opened ISIS propaganda, violent jihad-related websites and message boards and social media, and messaging pages of well-known ISIS recruiters, facilitators and financiers.”

Shahnaz also examined maps and locations of ISIS-controlled areas of Syria, in addition to look up “ISIS recruiters, financiers, and fighters, including those who have called for lone-wolf attacks against U.s. targets,” according to the prosecutors.

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In June, Shahnaz stop with her work as a laboratory technician in a Manhattan hospital, and holds a Pakistani passport. A month later she tried to get on a flight at John F. Kennedy International Airport with the intention to leave the U.S. and join ISIS.

Federal agents stopped the woman and took her into interrogation, where she “provided false and conflicting statements” on its wire transfers, the officials said.

If convicted, Shahnaz could face a maximum of 30 years for bank fraud and 20 years on each count of money laundering.

Nicole Darrah cover breaking and trending news for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @nicoledarrah.

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