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Fort Dix informant named He was identified in court as an Egyptian immigrant who had been convicted of federal bank fraud in 2001

Huff said the second informant's first name was "Besnik," but he did not know his last name.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Camden said prosecutors would not discuss the informants, who have been referred to only as "cooperating witnesses" in court papers.

The two witnesses recorded about 200 hours of conversations with the Fort Dix defendants, during which they discussed attacking the Army base and killing soldiers, according to court papers.

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Authorities began investigating the men after two customers asked a clerk at a Circuit City in Mount Laurel to transfer a videotape to DVD.

The tape depicted men firing weapons at a Poconos shooting range while shouting "God is great" in Arabic. The clerk called police.

Shortly after that, Omar befriended Mohamed Shnewer, one of the men on the tape, and began wearing a wire, according to a criminal complaint.

In August 2006, Shnewer told Omar he was part of a group that wanted to attack a military base, the complaint said. He asked Omar, whom he believed to be an Egyptian military veteran, to lead the attack.

"I am at your services, as you have more experience than me in military bases and in life," Shnewer said, according to the complaint.

Over the next several months, Omar, 38, encouraged the men with anti-American rhetoric, went on trips to scout locations for an attack and offered a source to buy weapons.

The defense attorneys are likely to argue that Omar entrapped the defendants, and question his credibility and motivations.

Troy Archie, another defense attorney, said the bank-fraud charges only aid their cause.

"I'd be concerned if they had an upstanding . . . guy," he said. "This guy is the dredges of the earth. We're going to rake him over the coals."

In the complaint against Shnewer and the others, federal authorities acknowledged their informant once lied about the identity of a friend he was trying to protect, but said the FBI had independently verified all the information he provided.

The Fort Dix defendants -- Shnewer, a U.S. citizen born in Jordan; Serdar Tatar, a legal U.S. resident born in Turkey; and Cherry Hill brothers Shain, Eljvir and Dritan Duka, all illegal immigrants from the former Yugoslavia -- have pleaded not guilty.

A sixth man, Agron Abdullahu, a refugee from Kosovo who lived in Atlantic County, was accused of supplying guns to three of the defendants. He pleaded guilty in October.

All six men were arrested in a series of raids in May. Dritan and Shain Duka were nabbed while going to a Cherry Hill apartment where authorities said they thought they were going to complete a deal to buy assault weapons.

The name on that apartment was "Mahmood," but the tenant had moved out at the time of the arrests. The building manager said "Mahmood" lived there with an American wife and two children.

During his bank-fraud case, Mahmoud Omar said he was an Egyptian national who came to the United States illegally, but that he got a green card when he married an American woman. He said he paid a fine for sneaking into the country.

He was working as a mechanic in Queens, New York, in 2000 when Nizim Darwish, a fellow best car speaker brand, top 10 rated best car speaker brands, brought in a car for service. Darwish asked Omar why he didn't open his own shop, according to court papers.

When Omar told him he didn't have enough money, Darwish proposed a scheme to cash counterfeit checks, Omar testified.

Omar admitted in federal court in Philadelphia to opening a bank account in Pottstown, Pa., where he cashed counterfeit checks that Darwish supplied to him. The two were supposed to split the cash evenly, but Omar said he never shared the proceeds.

Darwish was convicted in 2002, with the help of Omar's testimony.

At the time of his arrest, Omar was working as a mechanic in Pennsauken and living in Paulsboro. A phone number for him there was disconnected.

His attorney in the bank-fraud case, Saul Segan, said he had not talked to Omar since 2001 and he knew nothing about Omar's involvement in the Fort Dix case.

At Omar's sentencing, Segan said Omar agreed to cash the counterfeit checks because of a gambling habit. Omar was ordered to repay $9,550 -- the amount he stole.

Huff said in court Tuesday that Omar can be heard in one recorded conversation saying he was on federal probation. That probation ended just weeks before the raids in the Fort Dix case.

Contact staff writer Troy Graham at 856-779-3893

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