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Forgery Charge Nets Guard 4 Months

January 11, 2002

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) _ A security guard linked to the Sept. 11 hijackers was sentenced Friday to four months in jail on an unrelated check forgery conviction, and the judge was still concerned about terrorist ties.

Mohamed Abdi of Alexandria will be released in about two weeks because of time already served.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III ordered Abdi to report any contact he has with anyone overseas and to avoid any contact with the al-Qaida terrorist network.

After the terrorist attacks, Abdi’s phone number and the name ``Mohumed″ were found written on a Washington road map in a blue Toyota registered to one of the hijackers, Nawaf Alhazmi. The car had been left at Dulles International Airport, where American Airlines Flight 77 took off before crashing into the Pentagon.

When he was arrested, Abdi told authorities he had donated his car to the Salvation Army in 1999 and speculated that the map with his phone number and name had been left in that car and were somehow transferred to Alhamzi’s car.

Abdi, a naturalized American citizen from Somalia, pleaded guilty last month to one felony count of forgery for signing his landlord’s name on a $220 rental subsidy check. Eleven other forgery counts were dropped. Abdi deposited the money in his own account, saying he was angry at his landlord for not fixing the air conditioning.

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