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Two Plead Not Guilty to Fraud Charges

January 17, 2002|Times Wire Services

Two men arrested with box cutters on an Amtrak train a day after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks pleaded not guilty before federal judges in New York to credit card fraud charges Wednesday.

Syed Gul Mohammed Shah, 36, and Mohammed Azmath, 38, were indicted Tuesday.

The men left Newark, N.J., for San Antonio by plane on Sept. 11 but were stranded in St. Louis when their flight was grounded.

They boarded the train and were arrested in Texas when authorities found two box cutters, hair dye, a knife and several thousand dollars on them. Box cutters were used to hijack passenger jets on Sept. 11.

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