Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-American who pleaded guilty Monday to planting a bomb in Times Square, received $5,000 in Massachusetts from a co-conspirator who he believed worked with the Pakistani Taliban, prosecutors have said.
"On or about February 25, 2010, Shahzad received approximately $5,000 in cash in Massachusetts sent from a co-conspirator not named as a defendant herein who Shahzad understood worked for Tehrik-e-Taliban," prosecutors said in an indictment filed last week.
Tehrik-e-Taliban is a militant extremist group, the indictment filed Thursday said.
Shahzad received approximately $7,000, sent at the direction of the same person, who was described in the indictment as "CC-1," on April 10 in Ronkonkoma, N.Y., according to the indictment.
Yusill Scribner, a spokeswoman for the US Attorney's office in Manhattan, declined to comment on the case and on whether the unindicted co-conspirator named in the indictment was one of the three Pakistani men arrested in New England in May as authorities probed the case.
Boston FBI spokeswoman Gail Marcinkiewicz referred questions to the New York FBI. A New York FBI spokesman didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.
Shahzad's guilty plea Monday marked an abrupt end to the case, which began May 1, when a car loaded with explosive materials was found in New York's busy Times Square area. The bomb never went off. At the plea hearing, Shahzad was unapologetic, saying he was "part of the answer to the US terrorizing the Muslim nations and the Muslim people."
He said he wanted to "plead guilty 100 times over."
The three Pakistani men arrested in New England -- two in Watertown and one in Maine -- have been charged with immigration violations, not criminal charges.
Government officials said after the men were arrested that they might have handled informal money transfers for Shahzad, but it was unclear whether they knew the funds would be used for a terror attack.
Aftab Ali Khan, 27, one of the two men arrested in Watertown was taken to New York to testify to a federal grand jury investigating the failed attack, one of his attorneys said earlier this month.
A government lawyer said at an immigration hearing in May for Aftab Khan that Khan, who worked at a Brookline gas station, had Shahzad's cellphone number stored in his cellphone and written on an envelope found in the Watertown apartment.
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