Feds: NJ Man Planned to Join ISIS for $7K & Four Wives
A New Jersey man is the fourth person in the tri-state area to be arrested this week in connection with ISIS.
Samuel Rahamin Topaz, 21, has been charged with conspiring to provide material support to the terror group. The U.S. citizen lived with his parents in Fort Lee, N.J.
A criminal report reveals that the FBI was tipped off about Topaz by a concerned friend, who realized that Topaz was becoming more and more radical. The friend allegedly feared that Topaz would “do something stupid.”
Topaz was allegedly planning to go to the Middle East to fight alongside ISIS for $7,000 and the promise of four wives.
The concerned friend allegedly tried to steal Topaz’s passport to stop him.
Attorney Borce Martinoski says Topaz will plead not guilty to the charges.
Prosecutors say that one of the co-conspirators was a 20-year-old man arrested this week in New York, while another traveled oversees to join the group in May. The third co-conspirator is an unidentified New Jersey resident.
The charge against Topaz carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.