Five relatives of terror suspect arrested in U.S.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

SALT LAKE CITY -- Five relatives of a U.S. citizen suspected of being a senior al-Qaida operative were arrested in California and Utah on charges of defrauding banks of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The FBI said it was investigating whether any of the money was used to finance Middle East terrorism.

Four of the five defendants were arraigned Thursday. The fifth was excused for medical reasons.

Nothing in the indictments ties any of the suspects to a terror network.

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