RESTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- A Northern Virginia woman has been charged, along with four others, for supporting a terrorist organization, according to federal officials.
Muna Osman Jama, 34, of Reston, was arrested for providing support to a foreign terrorist organization, the Department of Justice reports.
According to court documents, Jama along with Hinda Osman Dhirane of Kent, Washington, led a fundraising organization providing financial support to the terrorist group al-Shabaab.
Court records allege that Jama and Hinda oversaw a network composed mostly of women who provided monthly payments to their conduits in Kenya and Somalia. Records show that Jama was primarily responsible for sending money to a conduit in Kenya.
Records show that the defendants would send money transfers referring to them as "living expenses" and that the funds were intended for use by al-Shabaab insurgents operating in Somalia.
If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison on each count in the indictment.
The other defendants facing charges are:
Hinda Osman Dhirane, 44, of Kent, Washington who was arrested in her Washington home
Farhia Hassan who was arrested at her Netherlands residence
Fardowsa Jama Mohamed, a fugitive in Kenya and the subject of a pending arrest warrant
Barira Hassan Abdullahi, a fugitive in Somalia and the subject of a pending arrest warrant