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Woman held for allegedly providing funds to terrorists in Pakistan

December 21, 2011 |  5:43 pm

An Orange County woman has been indicted on federal charges of providing material support to terrorists after allegedly sending money to Pakistan to help fund attacks against U.S. military personnel, authorities said Wednesday.

Oytun Ayse Mihalik, 39, sent $2,050 in three wire transfers to a person in Pakistan with the knowledge that the money would be used for attacks against U.S. military personnel and others, according to a four-count superceding indictment returned by a grand jury Wednesday afternoon.

The fourth count alleges that Mihalik lied to federal agents at Los Angeles International Airport on Aug. 8 after arriving from a six-month trip to Turkey. She allegedly told the FBI and Department of Homeland Security agents that she never used an alias when she wired money via Western Union overseas and that she had sent the funds only once.

Mihalik is a Turkish citizen but has legal residency status in the U.S, federal authorities said. She was living in La Palma.

Mihalik has been in federal custody since Aug. 27, when she was arrested while trying to board a flight to Turkey with a one-way ticket, federal authorities said. 

The superceding indictment adds the three counts of providing material support to terrorists to a count on a previous Aug. 30 indictment alleging that Mihalik lied to federal agents. She has pleaded not guilty to that count, federal authorities said.

No arraignment date has been set on the superceding indictment.


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