HAMMOND — Samantha Marie Elhassani, aka Samantha Sally, 35, formerly of Elkhart, was sentenced Monday to 78 months in prison and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to federal charges of financing terrorism.
“Once again, the Justice Department has held accountable an individual who turned her back on her country to support a terrorist organization,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers. “As Elhassani admitted, she made multiple trips to Hong Kong to smuggle tens of thousands in cash and gold, knowing that the funds would be used to support ISIS in Syria. We repatriated Elhassani from Syria because every nation is responsible for holding its citizens accountable and addressing the future threat they may pose. We will not stop.”