Mufid Elfgeeh: Man Using Pizza Shop As Front For ISIS Recruitment? (Video)

Toni Matthews

Mufid Elfgeeh, a New York pizza shop owner, has admitted to using his business resources as a front for ISIS recruitment. The Associated Press reports that the shocking confession came on Thursday.

The 31-year-old Rochester-native was arrested in 2014, in what an ABC News reporter called quite possibly the first confirmed case of ISIS actively recruiting in America. In order to avoid a 30-year prison term, Mufid and his attorney arranged for a plea agreement. He would instead serve a maximum sentence of 270 months or 22.5 years.

Although some sources claim a date has not been set, the AP stated that Elfgeeh did receive a sentencing date for March 17 of next year.

— Berkeley Brean (@whec_bbrean) December 17, 2015

"Elfgeeh's uncle, Abad Elfgeeh, was arrested in Brooklyn in 2003 after being accused of having links to Osama Bin Laden and funneling millions of dollars to a terrorist network in his native Yemen."

— M. Jennings (@RealFriscoKid) December 18, 2015

According to the plea deal, in 2013 Mufid Elfgeeh worked to be "a source of support for violent jihad and serve as a facilitator for violent jihadists who wanted to travel overseas and fight." Some of his messages certainly suggest this to be the case.

"Al Qaeda said it loud and clear: we are fighting the American invasion and their hegemony over the Earth and the people."

Words are one thing, but Mufid Elfgeeh took his anti-American, pro-terrorist stance to the next level by working to actively recruit ISIS sympathizers to fight for the terrorist organization, according to his plea agreement. Authorities state he also requested donations for his cause. Authorities state that he spent $600 to help a Yemeni man get a passport so that he could join and fight for ISIS/the Islamic State in Syria.

According to court documents, one of the men promised to "secure a 9 mm handgun and silencer for Elfgeeh to kill American troops and Shiite Muslims living in the area in exchange for $600." Mufid agreed to meet the informant in a Wal-Mart parking lot to exchange money for the weapons. In May 2014, Elfgeeh was arrested when he turned up to meet the fake ISIS recruit.

The Associated Press reports that as part of the plea agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, the reputed ISIS recruiter will not be charged with "attempting to kill military members and weapons counts," or assaulting three sheriff's deputies while in custody.

— Rochester D and C (@DandC) December 17, 2015

Said Hochul, "The public should continue to report to law enforcement any suspicious individuals or activities and thereby hasten the demise of these killers."

[Photo by Travis County Sheriffs Office via Getty Images]

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