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Alexandria Police Investigate Bank Robbery at Virginia Commerce Bank

This was sent to us by Alexandria eNews:

Alexandria Police are investigating a bank robbery that occurred Friday, October 8 at the Virginia Commerce Bank, located at 1414 Prince Street.

Around 5:45 P.M., a man walked into the bank and approached the teller.  He handed the teller a bag, demanded cash and brandished a handgun.  The teller complied.  The suspect fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.  No one was injured.

The suspect is described a black male, 5 feet 9 inches with a thin build.  He was wearing a black baseball cap, dark gray or black hooded sweatshirt and black jeans.  The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Section of the Alexandria Police Department at 703.838.4444 or the Crime Solvers tip line at 703.838.4858.

Detectives would like to remind witnesses that they can remain anonymous.

Chantilly Man Convicted of Using Business as Front for Cocaine Trafficking Ring in NOVA

The following was sent to us by the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia:

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Jamin Dodamin Oliva-Madrid, 30, of Chantilly, Va., was convicted by a federal jury of conspiring with his brothers and other individuals to distribute cocaine throughout Virginia. In addition, Esteban Salguero-Ortiz, a/k/a Cadejo, 41, of Philadelphia, Pa., was also convicted today of conspiring with members of the trafficking ring in Northern Virginia to expand their distribution into Philadelphia.

        Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Ava A. Cooper-Davis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, made the announcement.

Leesburg Hosts Police Mountain Bike Training Course

From the Town of Leesburg, VA – The Town of Leesburg recently hosted the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy’s Police Mountain Bike basic training class.  Nineteen officers from Arlington County, the City of Alexandria, the City of Manassas Park, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Metro Transit Police, Loudoun County and the Town of Leesburg participated in the four-day class which took place during the last week of September.

Va. man gets 12 years in prison for $53M fraud

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia restaurateur has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a plot that defrauded banks across the country of $53 million.

Thirty-one-year-old Osama El-Atari of Ashburn also was ordered to pay $53 million in restitution at sentencing Friday. He had pleaded guilty in April to three counts of bank fraud and one count of money laundering.

El-Atari owned a small chain of steakhouses in the Washington suburbs under the name Original Steakhouse and Sports Theater. He was known for driving Lamborghinis and Ferraris.

According to court documents, El-Atari presented the banks with fake life insurance policies as collateral to obtain fraudulent loans. The loans allegedly were for business ventures.

He fled the United States in May 2009 and was arrested in Texas in January 2010.

Local Lobbyist Handcuffed for Illegal Campaign Contributions

A local Arlington lobbyist, Paul Magliocchetti, the president and founder of PMA Group Inc., was arrested yesterday by FBI agents for allegedly making illegal campaign contributions. He was also arrested on charges of making false statements to a federal agency. Magliocchetti and his firm concealed from the FEC that they were in fact the source of the funds for these illegal federal contributions.

Campaign contributions made by Magliocchetti exceeded $120,000, according to court documents. Yesterday, Magliocchetti made his initial appearance in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge T. Rawles Jones Jr. in Alexandria, VA. He pleaded guilty to making the illegal corporate campaign contributions and sentencing has been scheduled for November 16, 2010.