Several Yemeni expatriates in the Detroit area who have pleaded guilty to illegally transferring millions of dollars to a war-torn country will not go to jail – after a judge cited the need for "compassion," according to a report on Sunday  One by one, U.S. District Judge Avern Conn refused to send them to prison, although the men failed to register as a money transfer business. Failure to do so will usually be five years behind bars.
Regarding his recent decisions, Kon noted that Yemen's financial system is in ruin and people in the country need help.
"Only people without compassion" would object to the light sentences, 95-year-old Kon, told the Associated Press. "As I've been here longer, I've come to the realization that the rules are flexible – at least for me."
The Detroit area has the highest concentration of Yemen, a demographic that has risen amid the war in Yemen that has killed tens of thousands and left millions more with inadequate food and health care.
The World Bank estimates that the Yemenis received at least $ 3.3 billion in 2018 – a conservative figure by some estimates.
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The bank accounts were opened in shell names and were then used to deposit and transfer about $ 90 million over a seven-year period, according to the plea agreements.
All nine men pleaded guilty to not registering money transfer companies or making false statements to agents.
Horne, who has been a judge since 1979, described the conditions in Yemen as "appalling", noting that sending men to prison could cause difficulties in conservative Muslim families, where wives often do not work outside the home.  Nearly 100,000 were killed in the ongoing war with Yemen, the report finds
It is dishonest to "throw away the traditions and practices of your country," Cohn told one of the men.
prosecutors said they had no evidence that the scheme was anything more than sending money to relatives and possibly avoiding taxes, but they thought the sentences within the guidelines were appropriate.
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Judges "You do not have to follow the sentencing guidelines and Kon rejects prison conditions.
He placed six men under controlled release. Three were awaiting sentencing.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.