An Illinois man was charged Thursday with material support for terror for allegedly providing financial help to a group of Brooklyn men accused of trying to join ISIS overseas.
Dilshod Khusanov, 31, made an initial appearance Thursday in Chicago federal court after his early morning arrest at his Villa Park home.
The Uzbekistan-born man stood in street clothes with his ankles shackled. He didn't enter a plea. Several relatives sat on nearby benches.
The FBI said Kushanov provided funding to Abdurasul Juraboev along with three other Brooklyn men who allegedly wanted to help ISIS. Prosecutors said he helped raise money for their planned travel, aware of the alleged plan they had to try to join terrorists in Syria.
"Those who seek to fight for foreign terrorist organizations like ISIS and al-Nusrah Front cannot accomplish their goal without financial support," said Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget Rohde.
Juraboev allegedly made online posting calling for attacks on US soil, even targeting then President Obama for an attack. Investigators said Juraboev and Akhror Saidakhmetov had planned in 2015 to travel to Turkey to try to get to Syria.
Abror Habivov, Dilkhayot Kasimov, Azizjon Rakhmatov and Akmal Zakirov were other alleged members of the conspiracy. Jurboev, Saidakhmetov and Habivov have all since pleaded guilty.
FBI New York Director William Sweeney said Khusanov transferred money into Zakirov’s account to assist with the group’s planned overseas travel.
Khusanov faces a maximum of 30 years in prison if convicted.