Thursday, April 4, 2013

Turkish Pharmacist in Calif. Gets 5 Years in Prison; Wired Money to Pakistan for Attacks on US Troops

A California Muslim woman from Turkey has been sentenced to five years in prison for wiring money to Pakistan to help fund terrorist attacks against U.S. military personnel, the Creeping Sharia website reports today (April 4, 2013).

Oytun Ayse Mihalik, 40, of La Palma, California pleaded guilty in August to one count of providing material support to terrorists. She admitted to providing a total of $2,050 in three wire transfers to a person in Pakistan with the intention that the money would be used for attacks against U.S. military personnel and other people in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region.

"While the sum of money involved in this case may not seem substantial, there's no doubt the funds this defendant sent overseas would have covered the cost of an attack on U.S. soldiers," said Claude Arnold, special agent in charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's homeland security investigations in Los Angeles.

Mihalik -- who worked as a pharmacist in California -- has been in federal custody since she was arrested last August, after she attempted to board a flight to escape to her native Turkey.

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