CTCA Employed Men Alleged to Have Supported ISIS: Former Employee

Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Zion. – Tina Johansson photo

by Tina Johansson

A former Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) employee said she worked at the Zion medical facility with the two men who were taken into custody by the FBI on April 12, on charges of conspiring with the Islamic State.

“One washed dishes, and one stocked,” said Elizabeth “Bert” Niemi of Kenosha, a former cook at the hospital. She added that she was stunned to find out the same men had been her co-workers.

On Wednesday the U.S. Department of Justice released a statement announcing the federal complaint against Zion residents Joseph Jones, also known as “Yusuf Abdulhaqq,” and Edward Schimenti, also known as “Abdul Wali.”

If correct, this would mean that Jones and Schimenti were employed at CTCA when they first became involved with ISIS.

The complaint and affidavit filed in the U.S. District Court in Chicago, alleges Jones and Schimenti pledged their allegiance to ISIS and advocated on social media for violent extremism in support of the terrorist group.

The complaint states in the fall of 2015 the pair befriended three individuals whom Jones and Schimenti believed were fellow ISIS devotes. Unbeknownst to the Zion residents, two of the individuals were undercover FBI employees and the third was cooperating with law enforcement and was not an ISIS supporter.

Niemi said the men were already employed at the hospital when she started working there in June of 2015; and Schimenti stayed on at CTCA for an additional six months after Niemi started.

If correct, this would mean that Jones and Schimenti were employed at CTCA when they first became involved with ISIS.

Niemi said Jones was still employed at the hospital when she left her job, just last month (March).

“I didn’t know Ed (Schimenti) very well, but what I did know was that he was very friendly. Joseph was very quiet and soft spoken, always friendly and nice,” said Niemi.

She commented while Jones was gracious and kind to her, “I remember him talking about America being bad and such.”

“Even though we disagreed on politics, I liked him,” said Niemi.

 

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