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New York - Upstate NY Pizza Shop Owner Admits Trying To Recruit People For ISIS

Published on: December 17, 2015 06:32 PM
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FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2014 photo, Mufid Elfgeeh is taken out of Federal Court in Rochester, N.Y.    Elfgeeh,  a naturalized U.S. citizen, helped arrange travel and funding and put one recruit in touch with an English-speaking Islamic State contact in Iraq via Facebook, authorities said on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015.(Carlos Ortiz/Democrat & Chronicle via AP)  FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2014 photo, Mufid Elfgeeh is taken out of Federal Court in Rochester, N.Y.  Elfgeeh,  a naturalized U.S. citizen, helped arrange travel and funding and put one recruit in touch with an English-speaking Islamic State contact in Iraq via Facebook, authorities said on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015.(Carlos Ortiz/Democrat & Chronicle via AP) 

New York - An upstate New York pizza shop owner admitted Thursday he tried to recruit fighters for the Islamic State group in Syria.

Mufid Elfgeeh, 31, a naturalized U.S. citizen, helped arrange travel and funding and put one recruit in touch with an English-speaking Islamic State contact in Iraq via Facebook, authorities said.

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Elfgeeh pleaded guilty in federal court to two counts of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization under a plea agreement that recommends a sentence of just under 22 ½ years in prison.

The Yemen-born Rochester resident was arrested by the Joint Terrorism Task Force in May 2014 after buying two handguns and silencers that investigators say he planned to use to kill returning U.S. soldiers. U.S. Attorney William Hochul Jr. said Elfgeeh was one of the first Islamic State recruiters ever arrested in the United States.

“Elfgeeh wanted to be a source of support for violent jihad and serve as a facilitator for violent jihadists who wanted to travel overseas and fight,” the plea agreement said. “In Elfgeeh’s own postings and messages on social media and statements ... Elfgeeh stated that a person who helps or sponsors a fighter to engage in violent jihad obtains the same religious rewards from Allah (God) as the fighter himself.”

Under the plea deal, prosecutors agreed to dismiss a charge of attempting to kill military members and weapons counts, as well as charges of assaulting three sheriff’s deputies while in custody.

Sentencing was scheduled for March 17.

While running his Rochester pizza shop, Elfgeeh used Twitter, WhatsApp and 23 Facebook accounts to seek donations and declare his support for violent jihad and allegiance to the Islamic State and its leaders, court documents said.

He bought a laptop computer and camera for two recruits for a planned 2014 trip and paid $240 to help one of them get a birth certificate and expedited passport, authorities said. He wired $600 to a third person in Yemen to help pay for the person’s travel to Syria. Two of the recruits were FBI informants. One had been encouraged by Elfgeeh to join in fighting overseas in 2013, the plea agreement said.

“As it did in this case, the public should continue to report to law enforcement any suspicious individuals or activities and thereby hasten the demise of these killers,” Hochul said.



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 Dec 17, 2015 at 07:01 PM Anonymous Says:

This is unfair islamophobia! Racial profiling! muslim Americans LOVE America! It can't be that even one of them as celebrating 9/11! Can't be. Obama told us so!

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 Dec 17, 2015 at 07:03 PM Anonymous Says:

This is for the liberal idiots here who say we shouldn't be closing off immigration to get our security act together, as Trump recommends! Nuts jobs.

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 Dec 17, 2015 at 07:38 PM HankM Says:

We really need to welcome more of these Moslem refugees into our country, after all, who else will make us pizza?

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 Dec 17, 2015 at 07:59 PM JoeField1 Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

This is for the liberal idiots here who say we shouldn't be closing off immigration to get our security act together, as Trump recommends! Nuts jobs.

Really 'idiot'?
What is your IQ genius? Oh I forgot you don’t even know what your IQ is. I am sure that they never discussed IQ’s in the Mikvah.

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 Dec 17, 2015 at 08:02 PM Mr Joe Field Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

This is unfair islamophobia! Racial profiling! muslim Americans LOVE America! It can't be that even one of them as celebrating 9/11! Can't be. Obama told us so!

I guess you don’t know the meaning of profiling. In this case the defendant did an affirmative action to recruit for ISIS. Hope as you get much older, say like 80, you might understand the difference.

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 Dec 17, 2015 at 08:03 PM Mr Joe Field Says:

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HankM Says:

We really need to welcome more of these Moslem refugees into our country, after all, who else will make us pizza?

Do you eat non Kosher Pizza?

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 Dec 17, 2015 at 08:06 PM puppydogs Says:

22.5 years, that's it??? How does he not get a life sentence??

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 Dec 17, 2015 at 08:37 PM Anonymous Says:

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puppydogs Says:

22.5 years, that's it??? How does he not get a life sentence??

Be careful what you say .Mr Joe Field will have some "kind " words to say !!!

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 Dec 17, 2015 at 09:16 PM Anonymous Says:

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Mr Joe Field Says:

Do you eat non Kosher Pizza?

Shut your hole. No one needs 'idiots', yes 'idiots',' like you posting their smart-aleck comments on a news website. This isn't your blog where you can spew crap all day.
The fact you feel the need to reply to every comment you saw is the pathetic.

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 Dec 17, 2015 at 09:28 PM lipa21 Says:

lock him up and throw away the key - he should now occupy Pollards cell

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 Dec 18, 2015 at 03:54 AM Texas_Joe Says:

See! A Christian terrorist! Take that Donald and Ted!

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 Dec 18, 2015 at 09:49 AM bennyt Says:

From now on, US immigration officials should ban all Muslim pizza makers from entering the US.

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