A grand jury convicted a former Washington, D.C. police officer on Monday of trying to help the Islamic State with material support and obstruction of justice.
"Nicholas Young swore an oath to protect and defend, and instead violated the public's trust by attempting to support ISIS", said Dana Boente, assistant attorney general for the department.
Ex-Metro Police Transit Officer Nicholas Young, of Fairfax, Va., was arrested last summer for attempting to send the terrorist group gift card codes he thought could help the militants secretly communicate with ISIS recruits, federal prosecutors said.
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He believed an associate - an informant with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force - had joined ISIS in 2014. In actuality, Young believed the CHS had gone to Turkey and then to Syria in order to join and fight for ISIS.
Young then "attempted to deceive investigators as to the destination and purpose" of the friend's travel during contacts between December 3 and December 5, 2015, according to the statement. He faces a maximum of 60 years in prison when sentenced on Feb 23, 2018. "I want to thank the FBI's Washington Field Office, the Metro Transit Police, and the trial team for their tireless work and dedication to this case".
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