Jul 31, 2011

Montgomery Co. attorney caught in FBI probe to be sentenced Friday

A recently disbarred lawyer from Montgomery County will be sentenced this week to as much as 20 years in prison for his role in a multistate insurance scam ring. Amir Ryan Lahuti, 45, was one of four people who recruited drivers to make false medical claims after accidents. Under an agreement with federal prosecutors in […]

Jun 30, 2011

Mortgage exec gets 30 years for $3 billion fraud

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — An executive convicted of orchestrating a nearly $3 billion fraud as chairman of one of America’s largest private mortgage companies was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison by a judge who accused him of showing no remorse. Federal authorities say the case against Lee B. Farkas, former chairman of Florida-based Taylor […]

Jun 30, 2011

HADPRO moving headquarters from Md. to Va.

RICHMOND, Va. — A company that provides kitchen exhaust cleaning services to restaurants, government entities and large organizations is moving its headquarters from Maryland to Virginia. Gov. Bob McDonnell said Thursday in a news release that HADPRO plans to invest $375,000 in its new headquarters in Alexandria. Fifty-three jobs will be created. HADPRO’s existing headquarters […]

Jun 26, 2011

Judge dismisses Blackwater founder from lawsuit brought by former employees

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A federal judge dismissed Blackwater founder Erik Prince from a civil lawsuit alleging his former security firm cheated the government in bills it submitted for protecting government employees in Iraq and Afghanistan, in a ruling made public Friday. Former Blackwater employees Brad and Melan Davis sued Prince and his company in 2008, […]

Jun 24, 2011

Feds seek life term for fraud mastermind Farkas

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Federal prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for the man convicted of orchestrating a $3 billion fraud while running what had been one of the nation’s largest private mortgage companies. Fifty-nine-year-old Lee Farkas of Ocala, Fla., was majority owner of Florida-based Taylor Bean & Whitaker, which collapsed in 2009 when his scheme […]

Jun 6, 2011

Former manager at ACU pleads guilty to embezzling

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The former administrative director at one of the nation’s most prominent conservative organizations pleaded guilty Monday to embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the group. Diana Hubbard Carr, 56, of Alexandria, kept the books at the Alexandria-based American Conservative Union. She pleaded to a count of mail fraud in U.S. District […]

Jun 2, 2011

Sensational Civil War death explored in 3 new exhibits in Virginia

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Col. Elmer Ellsworth never stepped foot in Fort Ward, but a lock of his hair and his uniform cap have made it here to the grounds of one of the dozens of Union strongholds built around the Washington, D.C., area after the outbreak of the Civil War. Ellsworth was the first Union […]

Apr 26, 2011

Md. lawyer admits laundering drug proceeds

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A Maryland lawyer has pleaded guilty to a money laundering conspiracy after admitting that he took in tens of thousands of dollars from drug traffickers. Thirty-nine-year-old Brian W. Young of Upper Marlboro, Md., entered his guilty plea Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria, Va. He faces up to 20 years in prison […]

Apr 19, 2011

Baltimore midwife charged in Va. with manslaughter

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A well-known Baltimore midwife has been indicted on involuntary manslaughter charges in Virginia after a baby she tried to deliver from a breech position died shortly after birth. A grand jury in Alexandria also indicted Karen Carr on charges of child abuse, neglect and acting without a license. Carr, who has delivered […]

Apr 18, 2011

Jury gets $3B fraud case against mortgage company exec

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  — Prosecutors told a jury Monday that the owner of what had been one of the nation’s largest private mortgage companies ran one of the largest and longest running fraud schemes in the U.S., dismissing his assertion that he was unaware of the crimes that occurred around him. A federal jury heard closing […]

Apr 8, 2011

Leak case against ex-CIA man may not go to trial

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The government’s case against an ex-CIA officer charged with leaking classified documents to a reporter may not make it to trial because of potential issues with a witness, a federal prosecutor said Friday. Jeffrey Sterling of O’Fallon, Mo., who worked for the CIA from 1993 to 2002, is accused of leaking secrets […]

Apr 5, 2011

Spending board asked to pay $120K in officer’s death

The Jan. 9 melee outside a West Baltimore nightclub, in which an undercover officer was shot dead by fellow officers, has already taken an emotional toll on the city and its police department. The financial cost of the incident will begin to take shape at Wednesday’s meeting of the Board of Estimates. The city spending […]

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