Broker for would-be Times Square bomber sentenced

December 1, 2011 - 5:30 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The money broker charged with unwittingly providing $7,000 to Times Square bomb plotter Faisal Shahzad (FY'-sul shah-ZAHD') has been sentenced to three years' probation.

Mohammad Younis of Centereach, on New York's Long Island, was sentenced Thursday.

He pleaded guilty in August to an illegal banking charge. Prosecutors had accused him of using an illegal money transfer system to funnel the money to Shahzad in 2010.

Shazad admitted using the money to finance his failed car bomb attack in Times Square. He's serving a life sentence.

The government conceded that Younis didn't know what Shazad was up to, and his lawyers argued that putting him behind bars was unnecessary. But prosecutors said a sentence of up to six months was appropriate to deter money transmissions that could fund terrorism.