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Dept of Justice SealJennifer Xanten, 51, of Frederick, Maryland, was sentenced late last week to 18 months in prison for mail fraud relating to her stealing more than 550 checks totaling approximately $437,000 out of her employer’s incoming mail. Xanten was also ordered to pay $437,016.01 in restitution.

Xanten pleaded guilty on Oct. 14, 2015.  According to court documents, Xanten, an employee of a rehabilitation center in Rockville, Maryland, admitted to stealing the checks out of the center’s incoming mail from February 2014 to July 2015.  To effectuate her scheme, Xanten, who was responsible for mailing out the companies’ invoices, would send out invoices to collect payment for services the center performed. One such company who received invoices was located in Chantilly. She would then intercept the incoming check payments and deposit the checks into her personal account without authorization.  Xanten, who was responsible for inputting entries into the bookkeeping records, falsified entries related to the stolen checks in order to conceal her scheme.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Paul M. Abbate, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Cacheris.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jamar K. Walker prosecuted the case.

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Dept of Justice SealMyrick Clift Beasley, 56, of Las Vegas, plead guilty Friday to mail fraud charges in connection with a scheme to obtain goods and services on credit using the stolen identities of legitimate, inactive businesses.

In a statement of facts filed with his plea agreement, Beasley admitted that from 2010 through 2015, he assumed the identity of at least 70 legitimate businesses nationwide, and used those stolen identities to obtain, on credit, at least $550,000 in goods and services from various victims.  Beasley admitted that, as part of the scheme, he would identify inactive, legitimate businesses that had previously been located in office buildings where virtual office providers were also located.  Beasley admitted that we would assume the inactive businesses’ identities by renting virtual office space in the buildings in the names of the legitimate businesses, creating internet domain names and email addresses in the identified businesses’ names, obtaining phone numbers previously identified with the businesses when available, and, at times, supplementing state corporate filings and commercial credit records with fraudulent information designed to further the scheme.  Beasley admitted that he concealed his true identity throughout the fraud by using false names and paying for the costs of operating his scheme with prepaid debit cards.  Once he would assume a business’s identity, Beasley admitted that he would then order goods and services — particularly, smart phones, computers, and other electronics — from retailers on credit and have the items shipped to the virtual office location, which would then, at his direction, re-ship the items to rented mailboxes elsewhere in the country.  Beasley admitted he would then retrieve the items from the rented mailboxes and sell them.

Beasley was indicted by a federal grand jury on Dec. 17, 2015.  Beasley faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when sentenced on April 29, 2016.  The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Paul M. Abbate, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; and Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Chief of the Fairfax County Police Department, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis, III.  Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher R. Fenton and Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul J. Nathanson are prosecuting the case.

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Mr. Boente’s district includes Northern Virginia and his office is in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia serves more than 6 million residents living in Northern Virginia, the capital of the Commonwealth, and Tidewater and surrounding communities.

Via WaPo

The veteran federal prosecutor who has been leading the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia on an interim basis for more than a year and a half has been nominated by the state’s senators to take over the job permanently.

Sens. Mark Warner (D) and Tim Kaine (D) of Virginia have recommended that Dana Boente, a longtime Justice Department lawyer who lives in Arlington, be appointed permanently as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, a Warner spokesman confirmed Friday. The job is an important and high-profile one, as the office, with about 300 lawyers and other employees working in Alexandria, Richmond, Norfolk and Newport News, has long been viewed as one of the most important federal prosecutor shops in the country.

The Eastern District is home to the CIA and the Pentagon, and its prosecutors often find themselves handling terrorism and national security cases, including the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui, a conspirator in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. If Edward Snowden is ever returned to the country, the government would bring its case against the former National Security Agency contractor through the district.

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Over $23.6 Million in Civil and Criminal Actions in Fiscal Year 2014

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA), announced today that EDVA collected over $23.6 million in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2014. Of this amount, over $15.4 million was collected in criminal actions and more than $8.1 million was collected in civil actions.

Additionally, EDVA worked with other U.S. Attorneys’ offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect an additional $8.8 million in cases pursued jointly with these offices.
Attorney General Eric Holder announced on November 19, 2014 that the Justice Department collected $24.7 billion in civil and criminal actions in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2014. The more than $24 billion in collections in FY 2014 represents nearly eight and a half times the appropriated $2.91 billion budget for the 94 U.S. Attorney’s offices and the main litigating divisions in that same period.

“Every day, the Justice Department’s federal prosecutors and trial attorneys work hard to protect our citizens, to safeguard precious taxpayer resources, and to provide a valuable return on investment to the American people,” said Attorney General Holder. “Their diligent efforts are enabling us to achieve justice and recoup losses in virtually every sector of the U.S. economy. And this result shows the fruits of the Justice Department’s tireless work in enforcing federal laws; in protecting the American people from violent crime, national security threats, discrimination, exploitation, and abuse; and in holding financial institutions accountable for their roles in causing the 2008 financial crisis.”
“In all of our criminal and civil prosecutions, where appropriate, we strive to collect restitution for the victims of the crime, be that private citizens or the federal government” said U.S. Attorney Boente. “Asset forfeiture, fines, restitution and other means of collections are the Justice Department’s most effective and efficient tools in restoring money to victims of crime and their families.”

The U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, along with the department’s litigating divisions, are responsible for enforcing and collecting civil and criminal debts owed to the U.S. and criminal debts owed to federal crime victims. The law requires defendants to pay restitution to victims of certain federal crimes who have suffered a physical injury or financial loss. While restitution is paid to the victim, criminal fines and felony assessments are paid to the department’s Crime Victims’ Fund, which distributes the funds to state victim compensation and victim assistance programs.

The largest civil collections were from affirmative civil enforcement cases, in which the United States recovered government money lost to fraud or other misconduct or collected fines imposed on individuals and/or corporations for violations of federal health, safety, civil rights or environmental laws. In addition, civil debts were collected on behalf of several federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Internal Revenue Service, Small Business Administration and Department of Education.

Protesters numbering around 30 assembled on Saturday in front of the Alexandria Federal Courthouse as well as in front of the U.S. Attorney’s office in our Carlyle/Eisenhower East neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. The demonstration was part of the ‘Justice for Trayvon’ rallies being held in 100 cities across the U.S. on Saturday, July 20, 2013.

Here are some photos I took:
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