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Australian federal government worker sends $30,000 to ISIS terrorists

By William Martin 7:59 AM January 23, 2018
The suspect with police

A woman was arrested after police said that she sent money to a terror group overseas.

Police in Australia have released a video, showing the arrest of a 40-year-old federal government worker.

In a press release, the New South Wales police said that the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team arrested the woman at 7:30 a.m.

She was taken to the Parramatta police station. The woman is now facing five counts of intentionally collecting and making funds available to a terror organization, police said.

The government employee has been investigated since 2015 when police alleged she began sending money to the ISIS terror group.

Each charge carries a 25-year prison sentence.

According to police, the woman, who has not yet been named, allegedly wired $30,000 to the terror group over a period of several months in five separate transfers.

Police explained the delay in her arrest by saying that it took time for them to build a solid case and collect all evidence against the woman.

Her arrest reportedly came as result of the ongoing investigation by Operation PEQIN, in which detectives have been investigating the murder of police accountant Curtis Cheng.

The 58-year-old man was fatally shot in front of the Parramatta Police Station in October 2015. The shooter, 15-year-old Farhad Jabar, was killed by officers who returned fire.

Police did not say if her funds were related to the murder of the accountant.

In addition to the 40-year-old woman, police also arrested a 16-year-old and 20-year-old for funding a terrorist organization.