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Money Broker Seeks Mercy In Times Square Bomb Case

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The money broker who unwittingly provided $7,000 to Times Square bomb plotter Faisal Shahzad says his life has been plunged into chaos and he hopes he can avoid jail time.

Mohammad Younis of Centereach on Long Island pleaded guilty in August to an illegal banking charge.

Prosecutors said Younis provided $7,000 in $100 bills to Shahzad.

Shazhad drove an SUV to Times Square on May 1, 2010, and tried to set off a propane-and-gasoline bomb. He pleaded guilty and is serving a life sentence.

Younis is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 30. The single charge he pleaded guilty to carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison.

Newsday says Younis has written to U.S. District Judge John Keenan seeking leniency so he can support his family.

Another man financially connected to Shahzad was also arrested. Aftab Ali Khan, a Pakistani, was charged with immigration fraud and lying to investigators. Authorities had said that Khan unwittingly supplied $4,900 to Shahzad.

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