Elkhart woman admits to aiding terrorists

Samantha Elhassani

HAMMOND — A former Elkhart woman has admitted to providing material support to Islamic State terrorists.

Samantha Elhassani, 33, pleaded guilty Monday to financing terrorism in an agreement that sets a maximum 10-year sentence for the federal crime. She was accused of conspiring to provide tactical gear and funds to Islamic State fighters in 2014 and 2015, despite knowing that the group is a terrorist organization, and of making false statements to the FBI.

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