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Friday, 14 June, 2002, 08:41 GMT 09:41 UK
Man admits faking 11 September death
Site of World Trade Center
More than 2,800 people died in the attacks
A Hong Kong man has admitted trying to fake his death in the 11 September attacks on the World Trade Center in an attempt to escape the law.

Steven Chin Leung, 34, falsely registered himself as missing after the attack.

He pleaded guilty in a federal court in Manhattan to two counts of passport fraud, one count of bail jumping and one count of obstruction of justice.

He could face up to 45 years in prison when he is sentenced in August.

Mr Leung, who was living in Manhattan, had been charged with passport fraud in April 2001 and released on bail.

Following the attacks, he phoned his lawyer and city officials, posing as his brother, and registered himself as missing.

He said he had been a contractor at Cantor Fitzgerald - a bond brokerage which lost more than 650 employees in the attacks.

In total, 2,823 people were killed when hijackers plunged two aeroplanes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center.

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