Federal investigators are looking into a sudden windfall of $28,500 that appeared in San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook’s bank account just two weeks before he and his wife went on a rampage that killed 14 people in San Bernardino, CA.
According to several media reports, after the money was suddenly deposited into his bank account, Farook quickly took out $10,000 in cash. But investigators aren’t sure what he did with the money.
The news of the secret cash comes after The Horn first began raising questions Friday about the value of Farook’s extensive arsenal, which would have been a stretch for him to afford. According to our December 4th article,
The pair had more than 1,600 bullets on them when they were killed. Police said they also had 12 pipe bombs, tools to make more explosives, and more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition at home. They were equipped with body armor, tactical gear, two AR-15s, two handguns, and more.
Farook made a little less than $53,000 a year as a county health inspector, and was supporting a family of three in one of the most expensive areas of the country. Now some experts are asking how he afforded such an expensive weapons cache and a recent trip to Saudi Arabia.
The money, which was routed through WebBank.com, would indicate – at the very least – a high level of preparation weeks before the attack.
The reported cash windfall came two weeks before Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, unleashed their massacre in San Bernardino.
Malik first entered the U.S. last year from Pakistan, and gained entrance after telling authorities she was coming to marry Farook. She was able to clear all government background checks.
Malik studied pharmacy at the Bahauddin Zakariya University in the central city of Multan, where she got a degree in 2013.
She also took classes at the Multan branch of Al-Huda International Seminary, a women-only madrassa, an Islamic religious school with branches across Pakistan and in the U.S. and Canada.
The region where the school is located is home to thousands of extremist seminaries, with hundreds linked to al-Qaida and the Pakistani Taliban.
The Associated Press contributed to this article