Not-guilty plea in Syria-related passport case

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Updated: 7/21/2014 1:04 pm

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a California man charged with lying on a passport application so he could travel to Syria to join a terrorist group has pleaded not guilty.

U.S. attorney's spokesman Thom Mrozek says 20-year-old Adam Dandach entered the plea Monday in federal court in Santa Ana on two charges, each carrying a maximum five-year sentence. A trial is scheduled for Sept. 9.

Federal authorities say Dandach told them he was traveling to Syria to pledge his alliance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Dandach was stopped at an airport July 2 attempting to board a flight to Turkey after he applied for an expedited passport, claiming he had accidentally thrown his out.

Authorities say Dandach's mother hid his original passport when he told her about his proposed trip.

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