The lady allegedly bought Google Play reward playing cards for these teams.
Opening statements are anticipated Tuesday within the trial of Victoria Jacobs, an Uzbekistan native who’s charged with utilizing cryptocurrency to fund Syrian-based terrorist groups and launder supporters’ contributions.
It’s the first-ever terrorism financing trial within the New York State court docket system.
The six-count indictment, filed in January 2023, charged Jacobs with offering assist for an act of terrorism, cash laundering and different crimes.
“This advanced case demonstrates the depth of information and assets this Workplace has to fight terrorism and extremism in New York and all through the globe,” Manhattan District Legal professional Alvin Bragg said on the time.
Jacobs, who was referred to as Bakhrom Talipov, supplied materials assist to Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, a U.S. State Division-designated international terrorist group, and supplied greater than $5,000 to the terrorist coaching group Malhama Tactical, which fought with and supplied particular tactical and navy coaching to Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, the indictment mentioned.
Jacobs allegedly laundered $10,661 on behalf of Malhama Tactical by receiving cryptocurrency and Western Union and MoneyGram wires from supporters across the globe and sending the funds to Bitcoin wallets managed by Malhama Tactical. Along with sending cryptocurrency, she additionally bought Google Play reward playing cards for the group, based on the indictment.
Jacobs pleaded not responsible to the fees.
In October 2018, the defendant saved notes on her mobile phone, which the indictment quoted as saying “Assalamu aleykum my expensive brothers and sisters, we presently are buildings new place (practice camp), it is getting chilly and we’d like new place, who need assist us and assist can do that safely and anonymously by Bitcoin pockets. Ship me DM for particulars. Retweet.”
In December 2019, Jacobs supplied a complete U.S. Military Improvised Munitions Handbook to a web based group – which she believed was related to each Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and al-Qaeda affiliated Jihadist group Hurras al-Din – to facilitate their bomb-making efforts in Syria, the indictment mentioned.
Prosecutors mentioned Jacobs purchased military-style fight knives, metallic knuckles, and throwing-stars in August 2021 that have been present in her Higher East Aspect condominium.
“Disturbingly, roughly one month later, on September 21-22, 2021, the defendant, in a Telegram chat, claimed to be a ‘brother’ who was ‘behind enemy traces’ and requested for prayers for the ‘braveness, energy, steerage, and knowledge to hold out sure missions,'” Assistant District Legal professional Edward Burns mentioned.
“Together with these statements, defendant posted a 15-second video clip of an unknown particular person ominously transferring round with a firearm. The timing of this submit and the defendant’s acquisition of the weapons helps the conclusion that she supposed to make use of the weapons in an illegal method.”