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Grand Jury Indicts Massachusetts Teen For Allegedly Donating Hundreds Of Dollars In Gift Cards To Support ISIS

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A federal grand jury indicted a Massachusetts teenager Tuesday for allegedly attempting to send hundreds of dollars in monetary aid to support ISIS via gift cards.

A federal grand jury at a Boston courthouse indicted 18-year-old Mateo Ventura of Wakefield, Massachusetts, on a single count of “knowingly concealing the source of material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Massachusetts announced in a press release.

Prosecutors accused Ventura of sending several gift cards to someone the young man allegedly believed was an Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) supporter, but who was actually an undercover FBI agent, according to

The alleged crimes were said to be committed earlier in 2023, as Ventura was initially arrested and charged in June. (RELATED: Michigan Man Convicted Of Joining ISIS, Training In Terrorist Tactics)

Ventura allegedly intended for the gift cards to be resold on the dark web for amounts slightly less than their value at the respective stores. Those resale profits were meant to support ISIS, according to the press release.

The suspect allegedly said he hoped the money would help fund the terrorist organization’s “war on kuffar” (war on disbelievers). Between January and May, Ventura allegedly donated $705 with the intention to directly aid ISIS, the U.S. Attorney’s Office added.

Ventura is facing up to a decade in prison with the potential for a lifetime of supervised release as well as a $250,000 fine, according to the press release.

The 18-year-old is expected in federal court at a later date.