USA v. Bell
Hopatcong, NJ

Al-Nusra Front

Maria Sue Bell was arrested at her home in November 2020 in connection with concealing sending money to a Syrian foreign terrorist organization. She was charged by complaint with one count of knowingly concealing the provision of material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization. From February of 2017, Bell used encrypted applications to communicate with and provide advice to fighters based in Syria who were members of the al-Nusra Front (ANF), also known by other aliases, including Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), fighting the Assad regime. Bell communicated with and provided money to one self-identified member of HTS based in Syria, identified in the complaint as "User 1." Bell sent currency to User 1 via Western Union, using an intermediary to conceal the source of the funds, and also provided him advice on weapons and ammunition.