A Long Island man was arrested yesterday for running an illegal money transfer business between Pakistan and the U.S. that funded the attempted car bombing of Times Square.
Mohammad Younis, 44, provided failed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad with money in April to pay for his attempted May 1 car bomb attack, but Manhattan prosecutors did not accuse Younis of knowing the intended use of the money.
Shahzad, a Pakistani-born American, pleaded guilty in June to the attempted car bombing and said the payment he received to fund the attack had been organized by associates of the Pakistani Taliban Islamist extremist group.
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“By engaging in the alleged conduct, Mohammad Younis unwittingly funded a terror plot that, if successful, would have caused mass casualties in New York City,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement.
Younis is charged with conducting an unlicensed money transfer business and conspiracy to conduct an unlicensed money transfer business. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for each charge.