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Former fugitive asks to be released

FARGO (AP) -- A man who eluded authorities for 18 months on charges of bilking investors out of millions of dollars is asking to be released before his trial.

Neville Solomon has pleaded not guilty in federal court to four counts, including wire fraud and conspiracy to defraud the United States. He is being held in a Fargo jail.

In a handwritten motion, the 66-year-old Solomon said the government is violating his constitutional rights. He said being in jail "appears to be speculative under pretense and not in the interest in justice."

Solomon, who said he's a resident of Nevada, was arrested last month in Trinidad and waived extradition to the U.S.

A judge has not yet ruled on his motion for release. A trial date has not been set.