Maryland Man Accused of Supporting ISIS to Remain in Jail Until Trial - NBC4 Washington
Working 4 You

SEND TIPS202-885-4444

Maryland Man Accused of Supporting ISIS to Remain in Jail Until Trial



    The Power of a Positive Attitude
    Getty Images/File
    WASHINGTON - MARCH 09: The seal of the F.B.I. hangs in the Flag Room at the bureau's headquaters March 9, 2007 in Washington, DC. F.B.I. Director Robert Mueller was responding to a report by the Justice Department inspector general that concluded the FBI had committed 22 violations in its collection of information through the use of national security letters. The letters, which the audit numbered at 47,000 in 2005, allow the agency to collect information like telephone, banking and e-mail records without a judicially approved subpoena. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Robert Muller

    A federal judge in Baltimore ordered an Edgewood, Maryland, man suspected of providing material support to ISIS remain in jail pending trial.

    The FBI arrested Mohamad Elshinawy last week. He allegedly pledged his allegiance to ISIS and said his "soul was over there with the jihadists," according to the FBI.

    Elshinawy was formally charged Dec. 14 in U.S. District court in Baltimore with attempting to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization, obstruction of agency proceedings, and making false statements and falsifying or concealing material facts.

    The FBI said Elshinawy was instructed by ISIS to "cause destruction" or to conduct a terrorist attack in the United States. He allegedly pretended to sell printers on eBay to mask payments coming from a suspected ISIS operative. Elshinawy received the payments through Western Union and PayPal, authorities said.

    Maryland Man Accused of Supporting ISIS

    [DC] Maryland Man Accused of Supporting ISIS
    The FBI has arrested an Edgewood, Maryland, man suspected of providing material support to ISIS. The News4 I-Team's Scott MacFarlane has details from the search warrant.
    (Published Monday, Dec. 14, 2015)

    Elshinawy allegedly used an Internet hotspot allowing him to go online quasi-anonymously and used social media, email accounts and "pay as you go" phones to communicate. The FBI said he used a social media account under the pseudonym "Egyptt in USA" and declared a "love of jihad."

    There's no indication that Elshinawy planned any attacks, according to the court records reviewed by the News4 I-Team, but the FBI says Alshinaway made a pledge to support ISIS and stated a desire to die a martyr.

    An address listed in a search warrant for Elshinawy's Edgewood home in Harford County shows he lives about two minutes from the U.S. Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground and a MARC train station.

    He had been under investigation since early this year and is accused of lying to FBI agents who questioned him. The FBI said he "appeared overeager to ingratiate himself with the FBI and be a 'part of the team.'"

    The FBI said Elshinawy appeared to have masked or cut off his communication with ISIS after special agents questioned him in July. The agency said he dropped communication channels known to the FBI and "substituted other methods" that were more covert.