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Government Contractor Pays $2.6M To Settle False Claims Act Suit

October 16, 2017

Triple Canopy, Inc., located in Reston, has agreed to pay $2.6 million to settle civil False Claims Act allegations that the company submitted false claims for payment to the Department of Defense for unqualified security guards stationed in Iraq. 

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Gaming Center Owner Sentenced For Obstructing Justice In ISIS Case

October 13, 2017

An owner of a Fairfax gaming center was sentenced to prison today for obstructing justice and making false statements involving international terrorism. Michael Queen, 28, of Woodbridge, was sentenced to 2 years in prison.

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Final Defendant Sentenced In Crack Distribution Conspiracy

October 13, 2017

The sixth and final defendant in a multi-state crack cocaine and firearms distribution investigation was sentenced today to nearly 14 years in prison for his role in the conspiracy. 

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Five MS-13 Gang Members Charged With Murder

October 12, 2017

A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging five members and associates of MS-13 with the murder of Christian Alexander Sosa Rivas, 21, of Fairfax, on Jan. 1, 2017, at a park in Dumfries, Virginia.

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Seven State Attorneys General File Travel Ban 3.0 Lawsuits

October 12, 2017

Attorneys General from New York, Washington, California, Maryland, Massachusetts and Oregon today filed a request for a temporary restraining order against implementation of President Donald Trump’s third travel ban and amended the original lawsuit to include legal challenges to the latest ban.

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Herndon Man Indicted For Threatening To Murder U.S. Officials

October 12, 2017

A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging William Lewis Weaver II, 36, of Herndon, with threatening to murder officials, officers, and employees of the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. State Department, as well as Virginia law enforcement officers.

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Housing Exemption For Religious Leaders

October 11, 2017

Freedom from Religion Foundation Press Release:
A federal judge for a second time has ruled in favor of the historic challenge by the Freedom From Religion Foundation of a housing allowance in the tax code that uniquely privileges clergy.

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Former Charity President Sentenced For Embezzling Money

October 6, 2017

John Thomas Burch, 75, of Alexandria, was sentenced yesterday to five months of incarceration, to be followed by five months of home detention, for embezzling at least $149,317 while he was the president of the National Vietnam Veterans Foundation. Burch spent the charity’s money on non-business related travel, clubs, restaurants, hotels and women between the years 2012 and 2016.

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Commonwealth’s Attorney Finds Use Of Deadly Force In June 14 Shooting Justified

October 6, 2017

Alexandria Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter today released his review of the June 14 shooting at Simpson Field in which he finds the use of deadly force by U.S. Capitol police officers and Alexandria police officers to be justified.

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Four Men Charged In DOD Bribery And Kickback Conspiracy

October 6, 2017

Two companion indictments were unsealed today charging four men with participating in a bribery and kickback conspiracy involving a contract for the Department of Defense’s Office of Inspector General.

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