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Tax Preparer Indicted For $3.4 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme

ALEXANDRIA, VA. (WUSA) -- Osvaldo A. Mercado, 53, of Gainesville, Va., was indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday for defrauding Virginia banks of nearly $3.4 million in fraudulent loans.

Mercado was indicted on conspiracy, six counts of bank fraud, two counts of mail fraud, and two counts of fraud in connection with identification documents, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia.

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Occasionally Cake Donates More than $500 of Cupcakes Sales to Football Program

Occasionally Cake Donates More than $500 of Cupcakes Sales to Football Program

OCCASIONALLY CAKE SUPPORTS MOUNT VERNON HIGH SCHOOL TURF FIELD FUNDING

Occasionally Cake of Alexandria, Va. sold more than $500 worth of mini-cupcakes at a recent Mount Vernon High School football game to benefit the building of a turf field for Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Va. The turf field fund was initiated by the late, Jeff Todd, former owner of Roy Rogers in Alexandria, Va. and active Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce member. The future turf field was dedicated to Jeff Todd for his efforts in raising monies for the Mount Vernon High School football program. Occasionally Cake is noted for their flavor-of-the-day cupcakes, and unique variety. Call 703-780-CAKE or visit www.occasionallycake.com for more information.

 Mount Vernon High School has raised approximately $30,000 for the turf field.

1600's Ship Replica Visiting Alexandria First Week of October

From Deborah Padgett:

 

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed, a re-creation of one of the three vessels that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, will be in Alexandria during the first week of October. Docked at the Alexandria City Marina, the ship will host public tours and school field trips October 4-9.  The Godspeed can be seen sailing in the Potomac River at midday October 3. 

 

Michelle Obama Shops At Washington-Area Target

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attention Target shoppers: You could have been standing in line with Michelle Obama.

The first lady, hard to recognize in a baseball cap and sunglasses, shopped Thursday at a Target store in Alexandria, Va., just outside Washington.

Casually dressed Secret Service agents arrived about a half-hour before Mrs. Obama, who walked in through the main entrance with an assistant. She spent 30 to 40 minutes shopping, pushing her own cart. She apparently was recognized only by the cashier who rang up her purchases.

Since coming to the White House, Mrs. Obama has lamented missing out on what she calls "normal stuff," like Target runs.

She isn't the first first lady to try to go out unrecognized. Hillary Rodham Clinton went for walks wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses, too.

   

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Operator Of NinjaVideo Piracy Site Pleads Guilty

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- An operator of what had been a popular underground website for downloading pirated movies has pleaded guilty to a copyright-infringement conspiracy.

Twenty-nine-year-old Hana Beshara of Las Vegas admitted her role Thursday in running NinjaVideo, which at one point allowed millions of users to illegally download movies and television programs.

Federal prosecutors in Alexandria estimated NinjaVideo users submitted more than 1 million requests a week for pirated movies and TV shows before the site was shut down last year.

In court documents Thursday, Beshara admitted that she personally profited by $210,000 for operating NinjaVideo between 2008 and 2010. While most content was available for free, some required a subscription fee. Users also made donations online.

Beshara is the second person linked to NinjaVideo to plead guilty. Three others still face trial.

Rock N’ Blades Returns to Mt. Vernon RECenter

From Fairfax County Park Authority:

 

Rock N’ Blades is back at Mt. Vernon RECenter and offers lots of fun on the ice!  Join in the activities on Friday, October 28, 2011 from 8:45 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.  Come experience special lighting and popular music.  For just $10 per person including skate rental, you and your friends can have a great night out.  Skate sizes are limited and its first come, first served. 

 

Missing 89-Year-Old Man With Dementia Found

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- Fairfax County Police say a missing 89-year-old man with dementia has been found.

Donald Walker had been missing since Monday night. He was found in Stafford County, unharmed and in good condition shortly after 3:30 Wednesday morning.

He has been reunited with his family.