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Philadelphia Woman Indicted On Charges She Tried To Assist And Join ISIL

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA – Keonna Thomas, a/k/a “Fatayat Al Khilafah,” a/k/a “YoungLioness,” 30, of Philadelphia, was charged today by indictment with knowingly and intentionally attempting to provide material support and resources, including herself as personnel, to a foreign terrorist organization, to wit: the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger and FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Edward Hanko.  Thomas was arrested on April 3, 2015 on a criminal complaint.


If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 15 years in prison.


The case was investigated by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Philadelphia Police Department.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams and Trial Attorney Paul Casey of the Counterterrorism Section in the Justice Department’s National Security Division.


 An indictment is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated February 4, 2016