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Bomber’s money handler pleads guilty

Bloomberg News / August 19, 2011

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NEW YORK - Mohammad Younis, the New York man who provided $7,000 to the Times Square bomber, pleaded guilty yesterday to operating an illegal money-transfer business.

Younis, 45, of Centereach, N.Y., faces a prison term of as long as six months under a plea agreement, US District Judge John Keenan said.

Younis was indicted in September for arranging to provide the bomber, Faisal Shahzad, thousands of dollars in cash through an unlicensed money-transfer business at the direction of an unidentified coconspirator in Pakistan. He is free on $100,000 bond.

Shahzad pleaded guilty in June 2010 to planting homemade bombs in his Nissan Pathfinder and abandoning it in Times Square in the previous month. The bombs were discovered before they could go off. Shahzad was sentenced to life in prison.

In his plea, Shahzad admitted receiving and using money provided by the Pakistani Taliban to make the bomb in his apartment in Bridgeport, Conn.

The cash payment in April was arranged in Pakistan by associates of the Pakistan-based militant group known as Tehrik-e-Taliban, prosecutors said.

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