Heather Elizabeth Coffman

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Heather Elizabeth Coffman is an American woman who was charged and convicted of terrorism offenses, after online conversations with counter-terrorism officials who were pretending to be interested in learning more about ISIS.[1] Coffman received a sentence of four and a half years.[2]

Coffman was arrested on November 14, 2014.[3] The Washington Post reported that Coffman seemed to have been caught in a sting.[4]


  1. Trevor Aaronson (2017-04-20). "THE NEW TARGETS: FBI Stings Zero In on ISIS Sympathizers. Few Have Terrorist Links.". The Intercept. https://theintercept.com/2017/04/20/fbi-stings-zero-in-on-isis-sympathizers-few-have-terrorist-links/. Retrieved 2019-03-17. "Heather Elizabeth Coffman, of Glen Allen, Virginia, used several social media accounts to communicate with FBI informants posing as ISIS agents. She was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison." 
  2. James Poulos (2014-11-21). "The FBI’s Bogus ISIS Bust: Heather Coffman was just another member of the vast American underclass—until, you know, she kinda sorta got into jihad". Daily Beast. https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-fbis-bogus-isis-bust. Retrieved 2019-03-17. "Coffman lives with her parents in Henrico, Virginia (where?). A white single mother to a seven-year-old son, she works (or worked) at the local mall, and only recently got into Allah. What a catch, right? And those white-trash eyebrows? Gross." 
  3. "US woman charged with promoting ISIS on Facebook". Russia Today. 2014-11-14. https://www.rt.com/usa/206451-woman-isis-facebook-recruitment/. Retrieved 2019-03-17. "Heather Elizabeth Coffman of Virginia, a mother living with a seven-year-old kid and her parents, first appeared in federal court on Monday, according to court documents. She was charged with making a false statement regarding an offense involving international or domestic terrorism, AP reports." 
  4. Matt Zapotosky (2014-11-17). "Federal authorities have arrested and charged a Henrico". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2014-11-18. https://web.archive.org/web/20141118011717/https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/va-woman-accused-of-attempting-to-support-isis/2014/11/17/060c250c-6e8b-11e4-893f-86bd390a3340_story.html. Retrieved 2019-03-17. "Heather Elizabeth Coffman, 29, is charged with making a false statement regarding an offense involving international or domestic terrorism. Coffman, it seems, was caught in a sting and unknowingly offered to help an undercover FBI agent connect someone with the Islamic State in Syria, according to a federal affidavit. Authorities say she lied to investigators who were looking into her support of the extremist group."