Virginia teen who advised on funding ISIS with Bitcoin gets 11 years in prison

Crime | September 16, 2015 By:

A 17-year old Virginia teen, Ali Shukri Amin, has been sentenced to 136 months in jail for advising on how to support ISIS, including how to fund it with bitcoin.

Evidence showed that he was very forthright when tweeting from account @AmreekiWitness. In more than 7,000 messages, he voiced controversial views and unwavering support for ISIS to more than 4,000 followers. He allegedly encouraged ISIS supporters on Twitter and advised them on how to fund terrorist activities with bitcoin.

The DoJ said that Amin advised on how to use bitcoin to “mask the provision of funds to ISIL,” as well as providing “facilitation to ISIL supporters seeking to travel to Syria to fight with ISIL.”

Amin wrote that he now believes he was wrong to support ISIS saying: “I became lost and caught up in something that takes the greatest and most profound teachings of Islam and turns them into justifications for violence and death”