Former Indiana resident charged with helping ISIS

A woman who used to live in Elkhart has been charged with conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

32-year-old Samantha Elhassani, also known as Samantha Sally, was charged Wednesday in a two-count indictment for aiding and abetting individuals involved with ISIS and providing material support to the terror group.

The indictment says that from the fall of 2014 through summer of 2015, Elhassani provided support and resources like tactical gear and funding. In July 2018, Elhassani was transferred from the custody of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to U.S. law enforcement and charged with making false statements to the FBI in the Northern District of Indiana.

The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Indianapolis Division and the Indianapolis Joint Terrorism Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana and the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.