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Va. Man Pleads Innocent in ID Case

October 29, 2001

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) _ A man accused of helping a hijacker in the Sept. 11 attacks obtain a fake Virginia identification card pleaded innocent Monday.

Trial was set for Dec. 12 for Herbert Villalobos, one of four people facing federal charges for allegedly helping some of the hijackers obtain fake IDs in the weeks before the attacks. No other trial dates have been set.

No evidence suggests that any of the four knew of the hijackers’ plans.

Authorities say Villalobos, a day laborer, accepted $50 to sign forms using a fake name and falsely certify that Abdulaziz Alomari was a Virginia resident.

Alomari was one of seven suspected hijackers who exploited a Virginia loophole that allowed people to get IDs by submitting sworn statements about their identity and residence, without proof like a passport or utility bill.

The state stopped accepting such forms for driver’s licenses or ID cards after the attacks, saying the system had been abused.

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