Cudahy woman sentenced to 7.5 years in federal prison for attempting to provide material support to ISIS

CUDAHY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A 48-year-old Cudahy woman has been sentenced to seven and a half years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for attempting to provide material support to ISIS.

Waheba Issa Dais was sentenced Aug. 24. following a conviction on one count of attempting to provide material support to the foreign terrorist organization.

According to court records, Dais provided support to ISIS in 2018 in the form of expert advice and assistance. Dais used hacked Facebook accounts in order to support ISIS, according to admissions made in connection with her plea. 

Using these accounts, she pledged her allegiance to ISIS, communicated with and encouraged other supporters who described their plans to conduct attacks, disseminated information about explosives and biological weapons, and attempted to recruit new members, according to the United States Attorney's Office.

Dais posted videos providing step-by-step instructions on how to make an explosive belt and TNT, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, and she provided a detailed recipe for the poison Ricin. She also maintained encrypted social media channels where she posted messages encouraging ISIS supporters who could not travel to ISIS-controlled lands to conduct attacks in their home countries.

“Dais not only personally pledged her allegiance to a terrorist organization but took steps designed to help others cause death and destruction around the world,” said United States Attorney Krueger. “I commend the agents, analysts, and attorneys who worked hard to bring Dais to justice.”

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