- The Washington Times - Friday, October 26, 2001

FBI agents yesterday arrested another man on charges of helping terrorist airline hijackers obtain Virginia identifications.
Victor M. Lopez-Flores, 33, appeared in U.S. District Court in Alexandria yesterday afternoon on charges of helping obtain Virginia residency papers for Ahmed Saleh Alghamdi, one of the hijackers of United Airlines Flight 175 that crashed into the World Trade Center's south tower in New York on Sept. 11.
Mr. Lopez-Flores has admitted that on Aug. 2 he also helped obtain Virginia identification papers for Abdul Aziz Alomari, a suicide hijacker aboard American Airlines Flight 11 that crashed into the north tower, FBI agent Jesus H. Gomez stated.
If convicted, Mr. Lopez-Flores could be sentenced to 18 years in prison and fined $250,000, said Assistant U.S. Attorney John Morton.
Judge Welton Curtis Sewell ordered Mr. Lopez-Flores who illegally returned to the United States after he was deported to El Salvador in 1993 for committing a felony to remain in jail until Monday, when the court will hold a preliminary and bond hearing.
A Spanish interpreter relayed Judge Sewell's direct instructions to Mr. Lopez-Flores in court yesterday. A financial statement showed he was eligible for free legal assistance. Judge Sewell said he would appoint a defense attorney.
Mr. Lopez-Flores is the fifth person to be arrested and charged with helping seven of the 19 hijackers obtain Virginia identification papers.
Court documents indicate that Mr. Lopez-Flores was "confidential witness #1" who provided information to FBI agents. That information led to charges against the other defendants of "aiding and abetting" and "procuring" false identifications.
Several hijackers had listed 3670 Edison St., Apt. 3, in Alexandria as their address when they applied for licenses an apartment Mr. Lopez-Flores once inhabited.
Mr. Gomez stated that Mr. Lopez-Flores accompanied the hijackers to an unnamed lawyer's office on Columbia Pike to obtain notarized address papers, then to the Department of Motor Vehicles in Arlington to get the final identification.
"He also admitted to me that he has taken individuals to the same attorney's office for DMV forms at least 18 times," Mr. Gomez stated in an affidavit.
In his first cooperative interviews with the FBI, Mr. Lopez-Flores said he was accompanied by "Herbert," who he later learned was Herbert Villalobos, another co-defendant.
Mr. Lopez-Flores said the "Arab males" paid him and Mr. Villalobos $80 each, according to the affidavit.

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