$28.5K Deposited Into California Shooter's Account

The FBI is investigating the mid-November deposit
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2015 1:07 PM CST
$28.5K Deposited Into California Shooter's Account
Tashfeen Malik and Syed Farook   (FBI, left, and California Department of Motor Vehicles via AP)

The FBI is investigating a deposit of $28,500 made into Syed Farook's bank account approximately two weeks before he and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 people at a holiday party in San Bernardino, Fox News reports. The deposit came from Utah's WebBank.com, which describes itself as "a leading provider of national consumer and commercial private-label and bank card financing programs." From that money, which could have been a loan, Farook took out $10,000 in cash—possibly to pay Enrique Marquez for two of the guns used in the shooting—and made at least three transfers of $5,000, apparently into his mother's bank account. A source tells Fox these activities are "significant evidence of pre-meditation" for the Dec. 2 attack.

Authorities have said there is no evidence the San Bernardino attack was financed by outside groups, Reuters reports. A source tells Reuters Farook and Malik used all the money in their bank accounts and maxed out their credit cards leading up to the attack, signalling that they assumed they would not survive. The source says it's a common tactic for attackers originating within the US. Despite statements from experts and the ongoing investigation, one person thinks they've figured out the mystery deposit. "Obviously somebody gave them money." the Hill quotes Donald Trump as saying in an MSNBC interview Tuesday. “How many other people are given $28,000 or more or less to go out and do destruction like these two animals did the other day in California?” (More Syed Rizwan Farook stories.)

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