USA v. Giampietro, Georgianna A.M.
Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham
Georgianna A.M. Giampietro pled guilty in U.S. District Court in January 2022 to concealing material support and resources intended to be provided to a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). Giampietro was indicted by a federal grand jury in August 2019 charging her with attempting to provide material support to a designated FTO. She was arrested at her home by FBI agents shortly thereafter and remains in custody. She was charged with concealment of material support and resources intended to be provided to an FTO, the charge to which she pled guilty. Giampietro admitted that in September 2018, she had conversations with an undercover agent who expressed interest in traveling to Syria to join Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), a designated FTO. The undercover agent told Giampietro that her husband swore an oath of allegiance to HTS and that he intended to fight on behalf of HTS. Giampietro initially provided instruction and advice to the undercover agent on how to travel to Syria in order to avoid detection by law enforcement including actions that the undercover agent and her husband should undertake before making the trip, including severing ties with other persons 6-8 months in advance; acquiring new phones before they traveled; and to consider traveling through Turkey prior to entering Syria. Giampietro faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when she is sentenced in May 2022. In July 2022, Giampietro was sentenced to 66 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release of 15 years for concealing material support and resources intended to be provided to an FTO.