ARIZONA NEWS

Former Chandler woman sentenced for intending to use COVID funds to support terrorism

Feb 7, 2024, 8:00 PM | Updated: Feb 8, 2024, 9:01 am

Perhaps around high noon near the prison....

A former Chandler woman was sentenced on Monday, Feb. 5, 2024, to over six years in prison after she attempted to use COVID funds to support acts of terrorism in the Middle East. (AP File Photo)

(AP File Photo)

PHOENIX — A former Chandler woman was sentenced on Monday to over six years in prison after she attempted to use COVID funds to support acts of terrorism in Afghanistan, authorities said.

Jill Marie Jones, 37, was sentenced to 78 months in prison, followed by 25 years of supervised release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona said.

She was arrested after attempting to conceal her identity when supplying money to someone she thought was a member of Al-Qaeda and pleaded guilty to concealment of funds intended to support acts of terrorism.

Former Chandler woman’s plot to use COVID funds to harm US soldiers overseas

Prosecutors said as early as 2019, Jones was regularly posting anti-American content on social media platforms, citing grievances over the alleged treatment of Muslims overseas by United States military personnel.

Jones, in 2020, then started talking online to a person she thought was an Al-Qaeda member, but it was actually the FBI.

In May of that same year, when the person she was talking to online asked her if she could provide money to buy weapons for Al-Qaeda to kill American soldiers. Although she wasn’t financially well-off, the recently disbursed COVID stimulus checks presented an opportunity, prosecutors said.

“The timing is interesting. Since because of coronavirus we all got government money. Free money basically. … [I]t would be most ironic the money that goes for this … They give us free money, and I turn it around on them,” Jones said.

Prosecutors said she agreed to send money but opted to do so discreetly by purchasing a $500 prepaid credit card using the COVID stimulus funds because she thought that method would prevent tracing the transaction back to her.

The FBI conducted the investigation in the case.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Candytopia...

KTAR.com

Candytopia opening interactive wonderland at Scottsdale Fashion Square in July

Tickets are on sale now for interactive sweets experience Candytopia, which will open its doors at Scottsdale Fashion Square in July.

3 hours ago

Police are searching for information on a series of cars damaged with a "bias element involved."  (...

KTAR.com

Series of crimes with ‘bias element’ leaves cars damaged in central Phoenix

Police are seeking information about vehicles damaged within the last week determined to have a "bias element involved" in central Phoenix.

5 hours ago

Two defendants were sentenced to over 10 years in prison for shooting at Hopi police officers amid ...

KTAR.com

Defendants who shot at Hopi officers during police chase sentenced

As they fled a traffic violation, two members of the Navajo Nation begun shooting at pursing Hopi officers during a car chase.

7 hours ago

YCSO arrested a suspect who allegedly stabbed both of their parents multiple times. (YCSO Facebook ...

KTAR.com

Suspect arrested for allegedly stabbing parents multiple times south of Sedona

A suspect is in custody following the alleged stabbing of their parents in a small town south of Sedona on Saturday morning.

10 hours ago

New Mexico officials issued mandatory evacuations this week for heavy rain and flash flooding. (Pex...

Associated Press

New Mexico heavy rain and flash flooding prompt mandatory evacuations

Heavy rain in New Mexico prompted officials to order some mandatory evacuations, with shelters set up for displaced residents.

10 hours ago

Split image with a sign reading Chandler City Council at the outside the East Valley suburb's city ...

KTAR.com

Chandler’s unruly gathering, brass knuckles laws to go in effect Monday

People under 18 years of age will be prohibited from possessing and purchasing brass knuckles starting Monday.

12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Sanderson Ford

3 new rides for 3 new road trips in Arizona

It's time for the Sanderson Ford Memorial Day sale with the Mighty Fine 69 Anniversary, as Sanderson Ford turned 69 years old in May.

...

DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

Desert Institute for Spine Care is the place for weekend warriors to fix their back pain

Spring has sprung and nothing is better than March in Arizona. The temperatures are perfect and with the beautiful weather, Arizona has become a hotbed for hikers, runners, golfers, pickleball players and all types of weekend warriors.

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s 1 way to ensure your family is drinking safe water

Water is maybe one of the most important resources in our lives, and especially if you have kids, you want them to have access to safe water.

Former Chandler woman sentenced for intending to use COVID funds to support terrorism