Hephzibah woman in custody after reportedly conspiring to support ISIS

Hephzibah woman in custody after reportedly conspiring to support ISIS

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - A Hephzibah woman is in federal custoday after allegedly conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).

According to the Department of Justice, 20-year-old Kim Anh Vo was charged with 1 count of conspiring to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization by Federal Prosecutors of the Southern District of New York.

Unsealed documents stated that, “In 2016, Vo joined the United Cyber Caliphate (UCC), an online group that pledged allegiance to ISIS and committed to carrying out online attacks and cyber intrusions against Americans. Since that time, the UCC and its sub-groups have disseminated ISIS propaganda online, including ‘kill lists’ which listed the names of individuals – for example, soldiers in the United States Armed Forces and members of the State Department – whom the group instructed their followers to kill.”

According to court documents, Vo not only worked on behalf of the UCC, but she also recruited other individuals, including a minor living in Norway, to create content for the UCC.

Many locals like David Srivastava, tell FOX 54 they are very shocked to hear this is happening so close to home. “You’re (Vo) going sit here and take that kid who’s so vulnerable and innocent and you’re going to turn him around, that’s screwed up man.”

Srivastava says actions like this are not what America stands for. "First off, we’re living in a first world country, we have freedoms that people have fought and died for and you (Vo) turn around and you want to fight for a cause that goes completely against everything this countries ever stood for, it’s baffling, it’s mind boggling. "

Vo appeared in Federal Court before Magistrate Judge Brian K. Epps in Augusta on Tuesday, where she consented to being transported to New York where she will be charged. If convicted, Vo is facing a maximum sentence of 20 years in Federal prison.

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