NEW YORK, A man from Rochester, New York pleaded guilty in a federal court Thursday to recruiting for the Isis.
Mufid Elfgeeh, 31, pleaded guilty to recruiting a local man and a man in Yemen, and also admitted to trying to recruit another man in the Rochester area for the Islamic State. The two locals were FBI informants.
Elfgeeh’s lawyers and the Justice Department agreed to a sentence of 270 months (22 and 1/2 years) in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 17 by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Wolford, who can reject the proposed sentence.
Elfgeeh was born in Yemen and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1998. He told the court on Thursday he uses two medications for an anxiety condition and only has a seventh-grade education.
The plea deal lays out how between Elfgeeh was active on social media spinning propaganda about the Islamic State and other terrorist groups.
He tried to facilitator for violent jihadists who wanted to travel overseas and fight,” the deal states. That included making travel arrangements and passports and arranging weapons purchases for the two informants.
Elfgeeh lent money to the man in Yemen to help set up his trip to Syria to join the Islamic State, the plea deal stated. The man eventually exchanged messages on Facebook with one of the informants.
In one of Elfgeeh’s tweet, he wrote al Qaeda “said it loud and clear; we are fighting the American hegemony over the Earth and the people.”
A 31-year-old man from Rochester, New York pleaded guilty in a federal court Thursday to recruiting for the Islamic State. Screen shot: ABC News
By Shawn Price