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Three Men Indicted For Alleged $364 Million Ponzi Scheme

September 20, 2018

A federal grand jury in Baltimore has indicted three men on charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, identity theft, and money laundering, arising from an alleged $364 million investment fraud scheme. The scheme is believed to have over 400 victims nationwide, including individual, family offices, and investment groups. The FBI is seeking information regarding additional victims; SEC has filed a related civil complaint.

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SELC Challenges New Rushed Permits For Atlantic Coast Pipeline

September 19, 2018

The Southern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife, and Virginia Wilderness Committee, filed legal challenges today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to new permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline issued last week by the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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U.S. v. Paul J. Manafort, Jr.

September 14, 2018

Paul J. Manafort, Jr., of Alexandria, VA, pleaded guilty today to a superseding criminal information filed today in the District of Columbia, which includes conspiracy against the United States (conspiracy to commit money laundering, tax fraud, failing to file Foreign Bank Account Reports and Violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act, and lying and misrepresenting to the Department of Justice) and conspiracy to obstruct justice (witness tampering).

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Plaintiffs, Trump Administration Reach Asylum Agreement In Family Separation Challenge

September 13, 2018

An agreement was reached overnight on asylum rights for families separated by the Trump administration. The legal challenge remains ongoing but the agreement, if approved by the court, may allow many separated families to seek asylum.

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Russian National Who Operated Kelihos Botnet Pleads Guilty To Fraud, Conspiracy, Computer Crime And Identity Theft Offenses

September 12, 2018

Peter Yuryevich Levashov, aka “Petr Levashov,” “Peter Severa,” “Petr Severa” and “Sergey Astakhov,” 38, of St. Petersburg, Russia, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Hartford, Connecticut, to offenses stemming from his operation of the Kelihos botnet, which he used to facilitate malicious activities including harvesting login credentials, distributing bulk spam e-mails, and installing ransomware and other malicious software.

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Indian National Pleads Guilty To Immigration Fraud Scheme

September 11, 2018

A citizen of India pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, to operating a fraud scheme in which he used Facebook and WhatsApp to scam people seeking to purchase United States visas.

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Dallas Smith Indicted For East Reed Avenue Murder

September 10, 2018

On Sept. 10, Dallas Smith, a 31-year old Alexandria resident, was indicted by a Grand Jury on five felony charges related to the July 2018 shooting death of his grandfather, Jerry Scott, 82, of Alexandria. The offenses occurred in a private residence located on East Reed Avenue.

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Former Medical Assistant Sentenced For Oxycodone Conspiracy

September 10, 2018

A Maryland woman was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for her role in leading a conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. Louise S. Edwards, 38, was previously employed as a medical assistant at doctor’s offices in Arlington and Alexandria.

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Leader Of Major Drug Trafficking Conspiracy Sentenced To Prison

September 9, 2018

A Woodbridge man, Rashourn Niles, 37, was sentenced to 20 years in prison, as part of a coordinated law enforcement takedown codenamed Operation Tin Panda, that to date has resulted in 39 defendants convicted on federal firearms and drug charges.

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Man Indicted For Producing Child Pornography

September 7, 2018

A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia returned an indictment on Sept. 5, charging a Hamilton, Virginia man, Logan Roy McCauley, 25, with production of child pornography.

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