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N.Y. Shopkeeper Convicted in Cash Smuggle

A shopkeeper was sentenced Friday to more than five years in prison for smuggling money to Yemen in a scheme uncovered during the hunt for terrorists and their supporters after the Sept. 11 attacks. Mohamed Alriany, 49, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Yemen, was never charged with a terrorism-related crime. He instead pleaded guilty to federal charges of illegal money transfers. Alriany told a federal judge that he had tried to live the American dream, but made the “mistake” of starting an illegal money transferring operation. “I’m very sorry,” he said before breaking down in tears. Lawyers for Alriany had asked for the minimum term of four years and 3 months, but the judge imposed a sentence of five years and three months — the maximum allowed under the plea deal. Full Story

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