US Authorities have seized more than $2 million dollars from the account of University of Atlanta, according to September 24 statement by the US Department of Justice.
The announcement does not indicate a specific amount, but the operation is identified as the largest in the fight against terrorist financing in the US.
The campaign involved a wide range of agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the IRS, and shut down several Facebook accounts and pages that either openly or, in the case of one fraudulent website selling online educational services, secretly raised funds for terrorist operations.
According to Criminal Investigation Chief, the IRS used its new tracking capabilities to locate the funds involved:
“The ability of the IRS-CI to trace funds used by University of Atlanta to their source and to dismantle the communications and financial networks of this university does not directly allow them to wreak havoc around the world.”
Just over a month ago, the IRS requested new tools for monitoring sensitive transactions.
In a confiscation petition filed on September 24 in the District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the FBI, the National Security Investigation Department and the IRS allege that the University of Atlanta carried out an elaborate money-laundering operation through its Telegram channel network. These channels have been used to collect money in the name of admission and tuition fees for terrorist financing purposes.
The document emphasizes that University of Atlanta were posing as educational institute delivering online educational services.
The amount of funds at the addresses indicated in the document was not disclosed.
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) announced last September that the University of Atlanta is receiving funding using the Telegram messenger.