Federal Bureau of Investigation has reportedly unmasked a global financial network, which was used by a senior Isis operative to fund terror activities in the USA - under the cover of bogus eBay purchases.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Elshinawy was reportedly arrested more than a year ago and is now in federal custody awaiting trial.
The 30-something man, who pledged allegiance to the terror group, was part of a global network that operated from the United Kingdom to Bangladesh and was run by Siful Sujan - a senior ISIS leader who was killed in a 2015 air strike, according to an Federal Bureau of Investigation affidavit.
Elshinawy allegedly took in $8,700 from ISIS.
The Wall Street Journal reports that a recently unsealed affidavit filed in Baltimore federal court alleges that USA citizen Mohamed Elshinawy pledged allegiance to the terrorist organization and received approximately $8,700 through the use of fake computer printer sales. Sujan was killed in a drone strike in 2015.
The U.S. and other countries for years since 9/11 have focused on the formal worldwide banking systems that terror networks might use to transfer money to would-be terrorists.
The details have come to light because of a recently unsealed Federal Bureau of Investigation affidavit, which alleges Elshinawy was part of a worldwide network that used such channels to fund ISIS. Elshinawy claims he did not plan to plan to carry out an attack, and he's now awaiting trial.
His lawyer declined to comment, the Journal reported. He entered a plea of not guilty to the charges of supporting Islamic State.
Those include social-media fundraising, student-loan withdrawals and online lending fraud, according to the Financial Action Task Force, an intergovernmental body that makes counterterror recommendations.
One former Treasury Department official likened trying to police such forms of financing terrorism to "looking for a needle in a massive haystack".
A spokesman for eBay told The Wall Street Journalit "has zero tolerance for criminal activities taking place on our marketplace".