Two Somali-American men living in Minnesota are facing fraud charges — in addition to terrorism charges — after they allegedly used federal student loan money to purchase airline tickets to get them to Syria in order to join ISIS.
According to an indictment unsealed by the U.S. Attorneys office in Minneapolis on Tuesday, Hamza Ahmed, 21, and Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19, purchased tickets on Nov. 8, 2014, at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City.
Minneapolis’ KMSP reports that Ahmed spent $1,048 on a ticket to Istanbul, Turkey while Musse bought a ticket for $1,269 to Greece. Ahmed was on the airplane when U.S. Customs and Border Protection pulled him off of it.
The men are two of seven Somali-American recently arrested for providing material support to terrorist groups. All allegedly intended to fly to the Middle East to join ISIS.
Ahmed and Musse had traveled from Minnesota to New York on a Greyhound along with two other men who also allegedly planned to fight in Syria.
Five of the seven men attended Minnesota Community & Technical College in Minneapolis, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The Star Tribune reported that more than 20 Somalis living in Minnesota have left the state to fight for the jihadist terrorist group. At least nine have been arrested on terrorism charges, according to KMSP.