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Man Sentenced to More Than Six Years for Distribution of Child Pornography

RICHMOND, Va. years of supervised release for distribution of child pornography. Raines was also ordered to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.

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FBI Richmond Recognizes Attorney for Community Service

Adam S. Lee, special agent in charge (SAC) of the Richmond Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), announced Friday at a Law Enforcement Summit in Roanoke that Richmond FBI s Community Leadership Award (DCLA) recipient is Tom Bowers, Commonwealth Attorney for Salem, Virginia.

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Inmate at USP Lee Sentenced for Having Weapon in Facility

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA An inmate at the USP Lee in Jonesville, Virginia, who previously pled guilty to unlawfully possessing a weapon inside the prison, was sentenced yesterday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon, United States Attorney John P.

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Richmond Man Pleads Guilty to Enticement and Sex Trafficking of a Minor

RICHMOND, Va. Stephen T. Callis, 47, of Richmond, pleaded guilty today to charges of coercion and enticement of a minor, and sex trafficking of children.

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Richmond Businessman Sentenced for Health Care Fraud Conspiracy

RICHMOND, Va. Ronald Tucker, 46, of Lawrenceville, was sentenced today to 37 months in prison for conspiracy to commit health care fraud for submitting false and fraudulent claims for reimbursement to the Virginia Medicaid program.

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Roanoke Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun Charge

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA United States Attorney John P.

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Elkton Man Sentenced on Methamphetamine Charges

HARRISONBURG, VIRGINIA United States Attorney John P.

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Richmond Man Sentenced to 27 Years in Prison for Armed Robbery

RICHMOND, Va. Marcus Deante Bennett, 32, of Richmond, was sentenced today to 324 months in prison for robbery and brandishing a firearm.

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Local Man Sentenced on Federal Charges

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA A man who previously lived in Albemarle and Fluvanna counties and is a registered sex offender for previous convictions regarding child pornography, was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Charlottesville on a pair of federal charges to which he recently pled guilty.

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Defendants Convicted for Racketeering Conspiracy to Commit Violent Robberies, Murder of Off-Duty Reserve Police Officer

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA Following a three-week jury trial in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke, six individuals were convicted for their role in a RICO conspiracy that was responsible for the abduction and murder of a Waynesboro Police Department reserve officer, as well as multiple armed robberies and home invasions, United States Attorney John P.

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Henrico County Man Sentenced to 37 Years for Gun and Drug Crimes

RICHMOND, Va. Nelson Watts Broadie, Jr. , 21, of Henrico County, was sentenced today to 447 months in prison for six separate offenses, including, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a previously convicted felon, possession and distribution of crack cocaine, and possession and brandishing of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

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Richmond Man Pleads Guilty to Robbery of Cell Phone Stores

RICHMOND, Va. Julius Ripley, 60, of Richmond, pleaded guilty yesterday for his in role the robberies of a Sprint Wireless store located in Colonial Heights and the robbery of a Verizon Wireless store located in Mechanicsville.

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Richmond Men Sentenced for Multiple Armed Robberies

RICHMOND, Va. Tramaine Standberry, 21, and Joshua Wright, 22, of Richmond, were sentenced today to 192 and 276 months in prison, respectively, for a robbery and brandishing a firearm during a robbery.

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Virginia Man Charged with Anti-Gay Hate Crime for Assault

James William Hill III, 34, of Chester, Virginia, was charged today with a federal hate crime under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr.

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Culpeper Man Sentenced for Robbing Bank

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA A Culpeper, Virginia man, who was convicted last November for robbing a bank was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Charlottesville, United States Attorney John P.

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Canadian Sentenced to Five Years for Mail and Wire Fraud Conspiracy

RICHMOND, Va. David Solomon, aka David Chityal, 39, of Budapest, Hungary, was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

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Guatemalan Drug Trafficker Pleads Guilty to Using U.S. Registered Aircraft to Transport Thousands of Kilograms of Cocaine

RICHMOND, Va. Fernando Josue Chang-Monroy, 36, of Guatemala City, Guatemala, pleaded guilty today for his in role in an international drug trafficking conspiracy involving the use of United States registered aircraft purchased in the Eastern District of Virginia to transport 2,000 kilograms of cocaine in Central and South America.

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Mo Money Tax Return Preparers Plead Guilty to Conspiracy to Defraud the United States and Filing False Tax Returns

RICHMOND, Va. Jeremy Blanchard, 35, and Erik Pittman, 35, both of Memphis, Tennessee, pleaded guilty today to charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States and one count of aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false tax return.

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Winchester Man Sentenced for Computer Crime

A Winchester man who previously pled guilty to a federal computer crime was sentenced in the Western District of Virginia in Harrisonburg.

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Former BVU Board Chairman Pleads Guilty

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA The former Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Bristol Virginia Utilities Authority pled guilty this morning in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon to a Federal conspiracy charge, United States Attorney John P.

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Petersburg Cocaine Trafficker Sentenced to More Than 17 Years in Federal Prison

RICHMOND, VAShawn Rives, 33, of Petersburg, Virginia, was sentenced yesterday to 210 months in prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

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Florida Pastor Sentenced for Insurance Fraud Scam

RICHMOND, VA Nathaniel A. McNeil, 46, of Pensacola, Florida, was sentenced today to 68 months in prison, followed by a three year termof supervised release, for engaging in a life insurance scheme with at least 1,249 victims.

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Tampa Man Sentenced for Role in Fraudulent Tax Refund Scheme

ROANOKE, VA A Tampa, Fla. man previously convicted of a scheme to profit from fraudulent United States Treasury checks was sentenced in absentia yesterday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke.

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Former University of Virginia Dean Sentenced on Child Pornography Charges

WASHINGTONA Crozet, Virginia man who previously pleaded guilty to child pornography charges was sentenced today in the U.

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Two Indicted on Conspiracy to Violate Immigration Statutes

HARRISONBURG, VAA pair of individuals who ran a Harrisonburg-area restaurant have been indicted by a federal grand jury in the Western District of Virginia in Harrisonburg on charges related to the inducing and harboring of aliens.

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Nine Trey Gangster Member Sentenced to 30 Years in Federal Prison

RICHMOND VAClyde Maurice Neblett, III, 23, of Richmond, Virginia, a member of the Nine Trey Gangsters, was sentenced today on three firearms offenses.

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Stafford Woman Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Hydromorphone, Oxycodone, and Oxymorphone

ALEXANDRIA, VARobin Anne Krohn, 31, of Stafford, Virginia, was sentenced today to 143 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

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Salem, Virginia Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Bribery

WASHINGTONA police officer employed by the City of Salem, Virginia, and assigned to a U.

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Former Roanoke Woman Indicted on Fraud Charges

LYNCHBURG, VAThe former majority owner of Genesis Mansions has been charged by a federal grand jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke on a variety of fraud charges associated with an alleged mortgage fraud scheme centered around properties on Smith Mountain Lake.

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Woman Pleads Guilty to Lynchburg Mortgage Fraud

LYNCHBURG, VAThe former majority owner of construction company Genesis Mansions, who recruited a number of strawbuyers to defraud financial institutions of millions of dollars thorough an intricate mortgage fraud conspiracy, pled guilty today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Lynchburg.

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Richmond Developer Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Transfer of a False Identification Document and Aggravated Identity Theft

RICHMOND, VA Billy Gene Jefferson, Jr. , 52, of Richmond, Virginia, pleaded guilty today to unlawful transfer of a false identification document and to aggravated identity theft.

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Former Kellogg Salesman Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud Charge

RICHMOND, VAJohn Morrell Palmer, III, 55, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, pleaded guilty today to Conspiring to Commit Wire Fraud.

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Former Head of Lynrocten Federal Credit Union Indicted

LYNCHBURG, VAA federal grand jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke has charged the former manager of the Lynrocten Federal Credit Union in Lynchburg (LFCU) with embezzlement, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft charges.

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Ohio Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Officers

ABINGDON, VAs Office during a hearing this week in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon.

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Nine Indicted on Drug, Gun Charges

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VAIn an indictment returned under seal on July 23, 2014, and unsealed today following the initial court appearances of the final defendants, a federal grand jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Charlottesville has indicted nine individuals on a variety of charges related to a conspiracy to distribute heroin, crack cocaine and powder cocaine, as well as several charges related to the illegal possession and use of firearms.

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Maryland Man Convicted of Transporting a Minor Across State Lines for Prostitution

RICHMOND, VAMustafa Muhammad, 36, of Clinton, Maryland, was convicted yesterday by a federal jury of transportation of a minor across state lines for the purpose of prostitution.

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Three Sentenced for Roles in Armed Bank Robbery

ROANOKE, VAThree individuals who were previously convicted of robbing Carter Bank and Trust in Ararat, Virginia, were sentenced this afternoon in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke.

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Fredericksburg Man Charged for Theft of Millions in Investments Promised for Development of Quantico Corporate Center and Other Properties

RICHMOND, VA James Ashby Moncure, Jr., 42, of Fredericksburg, Va., was charged with five counts of Wire Fraud, one count of Mail Fraud, and two counts of Engaging in Unlawful Monetary Transactions.

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Former Accountant Pleads Guilty to Tax Charge

James Kirk Baldi, 50, of Charlottesville, Virginia, waived his right to be indicted and pled guilty yesterday to a one-count Information charging him with willful failure to collect or pay over tax owing to the United States.

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Maryland Man Sentenced to 120 Months for Transporting a Minor Across State Lines for Prostitution

RICHMOND, VAMustafa Muhammad, 36, of Clinton, Maryland, was sentenced today to 120 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for transporting a minor from Maryland to Virginia for prostitution.

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Eight Charged with Cocaine Conspiracy Charges

LYNCHBURG, VAEight individuals from the Lynchburg area have been charged with a variety of federal crimes related to an alleged cocaine distribution conspiracy that is accused of dispersing more than 500 grams of cocaine in the Lynchburg region between September 1998 and August 2012.

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Toray Chemical Korea Resolves Attempted Theft of Trade Secrets Investigation and Agrees to Pay More Than $2 Million Penalty

RICHMOND, VA Toray Chemical Korea, Inc. , formerly doing business as Woongjin Chemical Co. , Ltd. , a South Korean chemical company, agreed to pay a criminal penalty of over $2 million to resolve an attempted theft of trade secrets investigation, announced Dana J.

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Mineral Man Sentenced on Kidnapping, Interstate Domestic Violence, and Gun Charges

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VAA Louisa County man who was convicted of kidnapping his estranged wife, transporting her to West Virginia and sexually assaulting her, was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Charlottesville.

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Virginia Man Sentenced to 24 Years for Sextortion of Minors on Facebook

RICHMOND, VACameron Scot Bivins-Breeden, 21, of King George County, Virginia, was sentenced today to 288 months in prison, followed by a life term of supervised release, for using Facebook to entice and attempt to entice 38 minor victims to produce sexually explicit photographs of themselves and send to him over the Internet.

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Chesterfield Towne Center Armed Robber Sentenced to 20 Years

RICHMOND, VA Samuel G. Mamudu, 26, of Henrico, Virginia, was sentenced today to 216 months in prison, followed by an additional 24 months for a supervised release violation, for the October 9, 2013, armed robbery of the Prince Jeweler s Jewelry Store, located inside the Chesterfield Towne Center Mall, committed while the defendant was on federal supervised release.

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Three Plead Guilty to Drug, Gun Charges

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VAThe first three of nine defendants charged with federal drug distribution conspiracy charges pled guilty today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Charlottesville.

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Former Investment Adviser Sentenced on Wire Fraud, Tax Evasion Charges

ROANOKE, VAA former investment advisor employed by the Roanoke, Va.

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Anthony William Goodman Sought in Connection with Double Shooting

The Richmond Division of the FBI is conducting a joint investigation with the King George Sheriffs Office and the Virginia State Police in an effort to locate and apprehend Anthony William Goodman, who is a suspect in a double shooting that occurred in King George on April 29, 2014.

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Three Roanoke Residents Indicted on Passport Fraud Charge

ROANOKE, VAThree Roanoke residents who were arrested June 10 for conspiring to obtain a fraudulent passport have been indicted by a Federal grand jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke.

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Ohio Man Sentenced for Threatening Officers

ABINGDON, VAs Office, was sentenced yesterday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon.

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Former Kellogg Salesman Sentenced on Wire Fraud Charge

RICHMOND, VAJohn Morrell Palmer, III, 55, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, was sentenced today to twelve months and one day in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for participating in a wire fraud conspiracy that resulted in losses of approximately $1.

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Athletic Director, Two Others Plead Guilty to Embezzlement

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VAThree men, including the athletic director at Monticello High School and the vice president of Downtown Athletic Store, pled guilty this morning in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia to a federal misdemeanor charge related to bid rigging.

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Former Virginia Governor and Former First Lady Convicted on Public Corruption Charges

WASHINGTONA federal jury returned guilty verdicts today against former Virginia Governor Robert F.

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Former Virginia ABC Employee Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement Charges

RICHMOND, VAA former employee of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) pleaded guilty today to stealing over $239,000 in funds that were intended for educational programs to combat underage drinking.

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Former Baptist Missionary Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

RICHMOND, VABrady Nurse, 38, of Bothell, Washington, pleaded guilty today to wire fraud in connection with the fraudulent reimbursement of expense invoices while he served as a Baptist missionary in Portugal.

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Stafford Doctor Indicted for Allegedly Running Pill Mill

ALEXANDRIA, VAThe former chief of medicine at Stafford Hospital was indicted by a federal grand jury today on 45 counts charging the defendant with operating a chronic pain management practice through which she illegally distributed a wide range of prescription drugs to over 100 patients.

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Man Sentenced to More Than 15 Years for Child Sex Trafficking in Richmond

RICHMOND, VATroy Parker, 41, was sentenced today to 188 months in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for child sex trafficking.

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Former Investment Adviser Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud, Tax Evasion

ROANOKE, VAA former investment adviser employed by the Roanoke, Va.

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Falls Church Man Indicted for Sex Trafficking 17-Year-Old Runaway Girl

RICHMOND, VAAlan Cooley, 34, of Falls Church, Virginia, was indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday for engaging in the sex trafficking of a child and transporting a minor across state lines for prostitution.

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Eight Indicted on Federal Racketeering Charges

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VAA federal grand jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Charlottesville has returned an indictment charging eight individuals with federal racketeering, narcotics, robbery, kidnapping, and murder charges related to a string of violent episodes across Central Virginia that included the alleged kidnapping and murder of Waynesboro Reserve Police Captain Kevin Quick.

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Virginia Beach Man Sentenced to 36 Years for Armed Bank Robberies

RICHMOND, VACarlos McClammy, 21, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today to 432 months in prison for his role in the robbery of six financial institutions in Virginia.

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Richmond Man Sentenced for Massive Tax Fraud and Obstruction of Justice

RICHMOND, VA Billy Gene Jefferson, Jr., 52, of Richmond, was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for engaging in a nearly $13 million tax fraud scheme involving the rehabilitation of historic properties in Richmond, trying to hide and spend millions in ill-gotten gains to avoid paying back his victims after he was charged and pleaded guilty in federal court, and stealing his brother s identity and trying to flee the country to avoid justice.

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Defendant Pleads Guilty in E-Mail Extortion Scheme

RICHMOND, VA Christopher J. Burruss, 37, of Toano, Virginia, pleaded guilty today to Interstate Threat to Injure the Reputation of Another, in violation of 18 U.

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Richmond Woman Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Bribery

RICHMOND, VAConnie Richardson, 65, of Richmond, was sentenced today to 24 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for bribery concerning a program receiving federal funds.

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Henrico Man Sentenced to More Than 24 Years for Sexually Abusing Young Boys

RICHMOND, VANoland Anthony Harper, 61, of Henrico County, was sentenced today to 292 months in prison for engaging in a child exploitation enterprise that included sexually abusing young boys as young as 11-years old.

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Former Baptist Missionary Sentenced for Wire Fraud

RICHMOND, VABrady Nurse, 38, of Bothell, Washington, was sentenced today to 24 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for his role in connection with the fraudulent reimbursement of expense invoices while he served as a Baptist missionary in Portugal.

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Federal Correctional Officer and Wife Plead Guilty to Accepting Bribes

ABINGDON, VAActing United States Attorney Anthony P.

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FBI Richmond Seeks Information on Brazen Brinks Robbery

Adam S.Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the Richmond Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), is requesting the public s assistance in identifying and locating an individual responsible for robbing a Brinks armored truck and assaulting one of its guards on July 3, 2015.

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King George Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Enticing Minors to Produce Child Pornography on Cell Phone

RICHMOND, VA Dane Scott Mihlon, Jr. , 26, of King George, Virginia, was sentenced today to 10 years in prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release for using the Internet on his cellphone to entice at least 8 minors to produce child pornography.

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FBI Richmond Issues Warning to Consumers

Adam S. Lee, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Richmond Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is warning consumers to be on alert for a prolific phone scam.

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Former BVU Official, Bristol Mayor Pleads Guilty

ABINGDON, VAThe former Mayor of Bristol, Virginia and a former member of the Board of Directors of Bristol Utilities Authority (BVU), pled guilty today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon to charges related to the illegal sale of NASCAR tickets.

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Kolon Industries Inc. Pleads Guilty for Conspiring to Steal DuPont Trade Secrets Involving Kevlar Technology

WASHINGTON Kolon Industries Inc. , a South Korean industrial company, pleaded guilty this morning in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, to conspiracy to steal trade secrets involving E.

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Stafford Woman Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Drug Conspiracy

ALEXANDRIA, VAPatricia Mae Huntt, 52, of Stafford, Virginia, was sentenced today to 36 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

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Glen Allen Woman Pleads Guilty to Making a False Statement Involving International Terrorism

RICHMOND, VAHeather Elizabeth Coffman, 29, of Glen Allen, Virginia, pleaded guilty today to the charge of making a false statement involving international terrorism.

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Federal Correctional Officer Sentenced to 18 Months for Public Corruption

RICHMOND, VAJermaine Brown, 37, of Chesterfield, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for accepting bribes in his role as a federal prison guard in exchange for smuggling cigarettes to inmates.

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Chief Financial Officer at BVU Indicted

ABINGDON, VAA federal grand jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon has charged the chief financial officer at Bristol Virginia Utilities [BVU] with a variety of tax and fraud charges in a 15-count federal indictment.

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Midlothian Man Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Conspiring to Distribute Anabolic Steroids

RICHMOND, VA Carl E. Macchiarulo, 44, of Midlothian, Virginia, was sentenced today to 48 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute anabolic steroids.

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Pair of Contractors Plead Guilty in Ongoing Public Corruption Probe of Bristol Virginia Utilities Authority

ABINGDON, VAs Office for the Western District of Virginia, along with investigative partners at the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced today that a pair of former contractors who supplied BVU with false invoices have pled guilty.

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Former Member of Tax Services Firm Pleads Guilty in $20 Million Fraud Scheme

RICHMOND, VA Sean M. Weaver, 33, of Alexandria, Virginia, pleaded guilty today to mail fraud and money laundering for filing false claims resulting in over $20 million in sales and use tax refunds to two corporate clients.

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Richmond Women Pleads Guilty to Embezzling

RICHMOND, VA Faye C. Morgan, 64, of Richmond, Virginia, pleaded guilty today to use of an unauthorized access device. Dana J.

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Statement from U.S. Attorney Dana Boente on the McDonnell Opinion

RICHMOND, VA Dana J. Boente, U. S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, provided the below statement regarding today s opinion issued by the U.

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Former CEO of Bristol, Virginia Utilities Authority Pleads Guilty

ABINGDON, VAActing United States Attorney Anthony P.

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Richmond Man Pleads Guilty to Series of Robberies

RICHMOND, VA Marcus D. Bennett, 31, of Henrico County, Virginia, pleaded guilty today to charges of robbery and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of that robbery.

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Franklin County Man Pleads Guilty to Human Trafficking Charges

ROANOKE, VAA Franklin County man, who forced a local woman to engage in prostitution through the use of physical violence and threats, pled guilty today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke, United States Attorney Anthony P.

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California Man Sentenced for Insurance Fraud Scam

RICHMOND, VAJoseph Giovanni Santiago, 50, of Los Angeles, California, was sentenced today to 78 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for engaging in a life insurance scheme involving nearly 1,000 individuals across the country.

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Stafford Doctor Pleads Guilty to Distribution of Oxycodone and Health Care Fraud

ALEXANDRIA, VA Nibedita Mohanty, M. D. , 56, of Stafford, Virginia, pleaded guilty today to charges of distribution and dispensation of controlled substances and aiding and abetting health care fraud.

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Federal Correctional Officer Charged in Bribery Scheme

RICHMOND, VAJermaine Brown, 37, of Chesterfield, Virginia, was charged by a federal grand jury on May 19, 2015 with conspiracy to commit bribery, in violation of 18 U.

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Fredericksburg Man Sentenced for Investment Fraud Scheme Related to Quantico Corporate Center at Stafford

RICHMOND, VA James Ashby Moncure, Jr. , 42, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, was sentenced today to 65 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for wire fraud and engaging in unlawful monetary transactions.

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Henrico Man Pleads Guilty to Child Exploitation Enterprise

RICHMOND, VANoland Anthony Harper, 61, of Henrico County, Virginia, pleaded guilty today to charges of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise.

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Three Defendants in Bristol Virginia Utilities Kickback Scheme Sentenced

ABINGDON, VAThree of the four defendants convicted in a kickback scheme at the Bristol Virginia Utilities Authority were sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon.

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Defendant Sentenced in E-Mail Extortion Scheme

RICHMOND, VA Christopher J. Burruss, 37, of Toano, Virginia, was sentenced today to 24 months in prison, followed by one year of supervised release for Interstate Threat to Injure the Reputation of Another, in violation of 18 U.

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Woman Sentenced for Lynchburg Mortgage Fraud

LYNCHBURG, VAThe former majority owner of a local construction company, who recruited a number of strawbuyers to defraud financial institutions of millions of dollars through an intricate mortgage fraud conspiracy, was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Lynchburg.

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Iowa Couple Sentenced to 40 Years for Kidnapping, Sex Trafficking, and Torturing a Young Woman

RICHMOND, VAAldair Hodza, 36, and Laura Sorensen, 31, of Clive, Iowa, were sentenced today for their roles in a heinous crime involving the kidnapping, forced prostitution, and torture of a young woman the couple kidnapped in Iowa.

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Two Former Vice Presidents at Bristol Virginia Utilities Authority Plead Guilty

ABINGDON, VADuring separate hearings today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon, two former Vice Presidents of Field Operations for the Bristol Virginia Utilities Authority pled guilty to federal conspiracy charges related to their individual receipt of kickbacks.

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Midlothian Man Pleads Guilty to Steroid Distribution Conspiracy

RICHMOND, VA Carl E. Macchiarulo, 43, of Midlothian, Virginia, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute anabolic steroids.

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Stafford Doctor Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Distribution of Oxycodone and Health Care Fraud

ALEXANDRIA, VA Nibedita Mohanty, M. D. , 56, of Stafford, Virginia, was sentenced today to 48 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for distribution and dispensation of controlled substances and aiding and abetting health care fraud.

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Roanoke Man Convicted of Making False Statement

ROANOKE, VAA Roanoke man who willfully made a false statement to an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, pled guilty today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke.

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Two Plead Guilty to Health Care Fraud

ABINGDON, VAA mother and daughter who operated a business that provided oversight to personal care aides caring for elderly and disabled individuals, pled guilty today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon to healthcare fraud.

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Former Contract Employee of Radford Army Ammunition Plant Sentenced

ROANOKE, VAA former contract employee at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant, who pled guilty earlier this year to charges of sexually assaulting fellow employees at the plant, was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke.

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Two Sentenced for Health Care Fraud

ABINGDON, VAA mother and daughter who operated a business that provided oversight to personal care aides caring for elderly and disabled individuals, were sentenced earlier this week in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon on healthcare fraud charges.

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Mo’ Money Tax Preparers Charged in Tax Return Scheme

RICHMOND, VAErik Pittman and Jeremy Blanchard, both 35 and from Memphis, Tennessee, and Corey Taylor, 25, of Richmond, were indicted by a federal grand jury today on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States and aiding in the preparation of 19 false and fraudulent U.

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Stafford Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Child Pornography Case

RICHMOND, VAJustin Fox, 31, of Stafford, was sentenced today to 180 months in prison for attempted production of child pornography.

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Former Tax Preparer Sentenced in $20 Million Tax Fraud Scheme

RICHMOND, VA Sean M. Weaver, 34 years old, of Alexandria, was sentenced today to 71 months in prison for mail fraud and money laundering.

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Stafford County Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Producing Child Pornography

RICHMOND, VA Michael P. Johnson, 49, of Stafford County, was sentenced yesterday to 360 months in prison for production of child pornography.

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Winchester Man Pleads Guilty to Computer Crime

A Winchester man, who previously worked in the IT department of a Winchester-based company, pled guilty to a federal computer crime.

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Loan Officer Sentenced to More Than Two Years in Prison for Her Role in $2.4 Million Mortgage Fraud

RICHMOND, VABrenda Ann Blair, 37, of Bonita Springs, Florida, formerly of Goochland County, Virginia, was sentenced today to 27 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release for participating in a fraud scheme that obtained approximately $2.

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Former Contract Employee of Radford Army Ammunition Plant Charged with Sexual Assault

ROANOKE, VAA former contract employee at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant has been indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke on sexual assault charges.

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Armed Robber of Two Richmond Businesses Sentenced to 27 Years

RICHMOND, VA Spencer A. Coley, Jr. , 25, of Richmond, was sentenced today to 324 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for the Dec.

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Former Respiratory Care Practitioner Sentenced on Health Care Fraud Charges

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VAA former respiratory therapist, who practiced in both Free Union, Va.

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Three Indicted in Relation to Laboring Trafficking, Witness Tampering

HARRISONBURG, VAThree individuals, including two operators of a Harrisonburg restaurant, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in the Western District of Virginia in Harrisonburg on charges related to labor trafficking and witness tampering.

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Franklin County Man Sentenced on Human Trafficking Charges

ROANOKE, VAA Franklin County man, who forced a local woman to engage in prostitution through the use of physical violence and threats, was sentenced yesterday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke, United States Attorney Anthony P.

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Iowa Couple Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking by Force, Fraud, or Coercion

RICHMOND, VAAldair Hodza, 36, and Laura Sorensen, 31, of Clive, Iowa, pleaded guilty today to charges of Sex Trafficking by Force, Fraud, or Coercion, and Interstate Transportation of a Person for Prostitution.

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Federal Jury Convicts Henrico County Man of Gun and Drug Charges

RICHMOND, VA Nelson Watts Broadie, Jr. , 21, of Henrico County, was convicted by a federal jury yesterday of six separate offenses, including possession of a firearm and ammunition by a previously convicted felon, possession and distribution of crack cocaine, and possession and brandishing of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

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Former Manager of Federal Credit Union Sentenced on Embezzlement Charge

LYNCHBURG, VAThe former manager of a local, federal credit union, who pled guilty in March to federal embezzlement charges, was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Lynchburg.

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Former First Lady of Virginia Sentenced to Prison

RICHMOND, VAThe former First Lady of Virginia, Maureen G.

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Virginia Woman Sentenced for Making False Statements in an International Terrorism Investigation

Heather Elizabeth Coffman, 29, of Glen Allen, Virginia, was sentenced today to 54 months in prison for making false statements in an international terrorism investigation.

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Former Contract Employee of Radford Army Ammunition Plant Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault

ROANOKE, VAA former contract employee at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant, who was indicted in March 2015 on charges of sexually assaulting fellow employees at the plant, pled guilty today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke to three charges related to those assaults.

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Former Head Teller at Lynrocten Credit Union Sentenced

LYNCHBURG, VAThe former head teller of the Lynrocten Credit Union in Lynchburg was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Lynchburg on federal embezzlement charges.

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Former Manager of Federal Credit Union Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

LYNCHBURG, VAThe former manager of a local, federal credit union pled guilty today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Lynchburg to embezzlement charges.

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Federal Inmate Sentenced for Assault with Intent to Commit Murder

ABINGDON, VAActing United States Attorney Anthony P.

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Pair Sentenced for Making False Statements in Regards to Health Care Programs

HARRISONBURG, VIRGINIA A pair of Winchester residents, who previously pled guilty to submitting false timesheets for payment to Virginia Medicaid, were sentenced yesterday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Harrisonburg, United States Attorney John P.

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Former Mayor of Clinchco Pleads Guilty to Federal Fraud Charges

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA The former mayor of Clinchco, Virginia in Dickenson County, pled guilty today in Federal Court to fraud charges stemming from her use of town funds used to make improvements and repairs to her personal home while she was Mayor, United States Attorney John P.

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Florida Woman Sentenced for Health Care Fraud

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA A Florida woman, who billed Medicaid for services she did not provide while living and working in the New River Valley, was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke on healthcare fraud charges, United States Attorney John P.

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North Carolina Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charge

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA A North Carolina man pled guilty today to a federal drug conspiracy charge, United States Attorney John P.

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Williamsburg Man Sentenced on Employment Tax Fraud Charge

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA A Williamsburg man, who was convicted in October 2015 of conspiring to defraud the United States of more than $3 million of employment taxes, was sentenced last week in the United States District court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke, United States Attorney John P.

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Former Town Manager Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA s name, pled guilty earlier this week in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon, announced United States Attorney John P.

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Serial Bank Robber Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

RICHMOND, Va. Justin Chamberlain, 28, of Chesterfield, was sentenced yesterday to 181 months in prison for four armed bank robberies.

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Raven, Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography, Gun Charges

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA A Virginia man, who admitted to viewing depictions of child pornography and to possessing an illegal firearm, pled guilty to related charges in Federal Court, United States Attorney John P.

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Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charge

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA A Virginia man, who conspired with at least one other person to distribute methamphetamine, pled guilty today to a federal drug conspiracy charge, United States Attorney John P.

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Richmond Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Sex with Minor

RICHMOND, Va. Stephen T. Callis, 47, of Richmond, was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for enticement of a minor, and sex trafficking of children.

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Vinton Man Sentenced on Sex Trafficking Charges

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA A 26-year-old, Vinton, Virginia resident, who was convicted of federal sex trafficking charges following a jury trial in October 2015, was sentenced yesterday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke, United States Attorney John P.

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Former General Counsel, Former Board Chairman at BVU Each Sentenced for Conspiracy

G. Walter Bressler, 74, and Bruce J. Clifton, 64, pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit program fraud and having knowledge of the commission of a felony and concealing such a felony.

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Roanoke Man Sentenced on Federal Gun Charge

Clifton Deron Campbell, 38, of Roanoke, Virginia was sentenced to 180 months in federal prison on one count of being a previously convicted felon illegally in possession of a firearm.

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Former Norton Parks and Recreation Maintenance Supervisor Indicted on Federal Civil Rights Violations

The former Parks and Recreation Department maintenance supervisor for the city of Norton was indicted today for violating the civil rights of two female victims.

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Former Town Manager Sentenced on Bank Fraud Charge

Former Coeburn, Virginia town manager Loretta Ilene Mullins Mays was sentenced for fraudulently applying for and receiving credit in the town’s name and using the town’s credit for personal expenses.

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Former Owner of Investment Firms Arrested for $8 Million Fraud

Merrill Robertson, Jr., of Chesterfield, Virginia, was arrested in connection with his alleged role in an investment fraud scheme that caused over $8 million in losses to his clients.

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Former Chief Financial Officer at BVU Sentenced on Federal Fraud Charges

The former chief financial officer for the Bristol Virginia Utilities Authority, who was convicted in February 2016 on fraud charges, was sentenced to 34 months in prison.

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West Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Mailing Threatening Letters to the Former United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia and Mayor of Bluefield

A West Virginia man admitted to sending letters threatening to murder the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia and the mayor of Bluefield, West Virginia.

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Eight Charged with Conspiring to Traffic Synthetic Drugs into United States from China

Seven have been charged for their roles in a conspiracy that trafficked controlled substances, including controlled substance analogues (synthetic drugs) from Asia.

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Norfolk Man Sentenced for Possessing Marijuana Inside Federal Prison

A Norfolk man serving a federal prison sentence for illegally possessing a firearm will serve additional federal time for illegally possessing marijuana inside a federal prison.

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Serial Bank Robber Suspect Sought, Reward Offered

The FBI is offering an up to $15,000 reward for information on a serial bank robbery suspect responsible for multiple robberies in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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Roanoke Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearm Charge

A Roanoke man who was previously convicted of a crime and therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm pleaded guilty to a federal firearms charge.

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