Chicago Man Held Without Bond After Allegedly Trying to Provide Material Support to ISIS
A Chicago man is being held without bond on federal charges that he allegedly attempted to provide material support to the Islamic State.
20-year-old Thomas Osadzinski was arrested on Monday in Chicago, according to the United States Department of Justice. He is being charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to ISIS, according to the DOJ.
According to the charges, Osadzinski, who is a student at DePaul University according to the Chicago Tribune, designed a process that uses computer coding to make ISIS propaganda more easily accessed and disseminated by social media users.
Osadzinski allegedly shared this script with individuals whom he believed to be ISIS operatives, but the individuals were actually undercover FBI agents and a confidential informant, according to the criminal complaint.
The Chicago Joint Terrorism Task Force conducted the investigation into Osadzinski, according to a press release.
If convicted, Osadzinski faces up to 20 years in prison on the charges.
At a hearing Tuesday, Osadzinski was ordered held without bond, and his next court appearance is scheduled for Friday.