According to the anti-crime Criminal Brigade in Paris, French ISIS members received nearly $600,000 from the Government of the French Republic.
Investigators have uncovered a scam that involved 420 fraudulent withdrawals by jihadis in 2016 alone. At least 210 people received the money after family members withdrew cash at employment centers across the country.
“Armed with their cards and photos, the parents were able to access the funding from the Unemployment Agency or the Family Allowances and send it to combat zones, mostly via Turkey,” an investigator told.
In the years between 2012 and 2017, investigators identified 190 relatives who had transferred money from France to ISIS fighters, or jihadis who fought for al-Qaeda in Syria before the group’s rise in 2014.