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Gem Dealer Is Said to Aid Scheme on Terrorist Funds

Yehuda Abraham is a slight, stooped 76-year-old gem dealer, with a house in Queens, an office in New York’s diamond district and shops around the world. One night last October, prosecutors say, a client entered Mr. Abraham’s 12th-floor Midtown office and handed him $30,000 in hundred dollar bills, an odd, if believable transaction in the world of international gem dealers. Mr. Abraham, by the government’s account, counted out every note, then gave the client his business card. But this was not a jewelry sale, prosecutors allege. It was a secretive deal, with a code number and a cash commission, in which Mr. Abraham agreed to transfer the client’s money to a bank account in Europe, out of the sight of federal regulators. Full Story

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