He is not accused of knowing anything about the Times Square jihad plot, but he is being deported in any case, suggesting that the illegal money-transfer charges may involve more than just some trivial bookkeeping errors. “Man arrested in Times Square case pleads guilty,” by Mark Pratt for the Associated Press, April 12 (thanks to Block Ness):
BOSTON (AP) — A man arrested in Massachusetts during the investigation into the failed New York Times Square bombing has pleaded guilty to immigration and illegal money-transfer charges and now faces deportation to his native Pakistan.
Aftab Ali, also known as Aftab Khan, was sentenced in federal court Tuesday to time served. He has been placed in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is expected to deport him within weeks….
Authorities say Khan unwittingly supplied $4,900 to Faisal Shahzad, of Bridgeport, Conn., who was later convicted in the attempted bombing. Khan was not accused of knowing about or participating in the bomb plot.