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Yemeni men plead guilty in NY to money laundering

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Three Yemeni businessmen have pleaded guilty to money laundering charges, ending their trial in federal court in western New York.

The men were charged in March 2007 after authorities said they sent $200,000 overseas knowing it was illegally obtained and could benefit the militant group Hezbollah. The men weren't charged with any terrorism-related crimes.

On trial were Yehia Ali Ahmed Alomari, 28, Mohamed Al Huraibi, 52, and Saleh Mohamed Taher Saeed, 30. They ran mini-marts and a restaurant in Rochester.

Under Friday's plea agreements, Saeed and Al Huraibi face sentences of 15 to 21 months, while Alomari faces 21 to 27 months. They remain free until they're sentenced in December.

Their lawyers say the men thought the money was simply to help fellow Yemenis.


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