News Briefs: Alexandria

News Briefs: Alexandria

Wrong Way Driver from Alexandria Killed

Virginia State Police is investigating a two-vehicle crash in Culpeper County. The crash occurred Oct. 5, 2019 at 2:59 a.m. on Route 29 (James Monroe Highway) at half a mile south of Route 15 (James Madison Highway).

A 2009 Mazda 3 was traveling north in the southbound lanes of Rt. 29 when it collided head on with a 1999 Toyota Avalon. The Toyota was southbound in the left travel lane.

The driver of the Mazda, Altangerel Jambal, 37, of Alexandria, Va., died at the scene as a result of his injuries. Jambal was wearing a seat-belt.

The driver of the Toyota, a 24-year-old male from Standardsville, Va., suffered serious injuries in the crash and was flown to UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville. The male was not wearing a seat-belt.

The crash remains under investigation.

Virginia State Police was assisted by VSP’s Division 2 Accident Reconstruction Team, Culpeper Sheriff’s Office, Culpeper Fire and Rescue, and VDOT.

Alexandria Police Arrest Suspect in Tire Slashing Incident

The Alexandria Police Department made an arrest in connection with the 64 vehicles that were damaged on Sept. 24, 2019 in the 1600 block of Kenwood Avenue. This includes 64 vehicles that had one or more tires slashed.

A 32-year-old Alexandria man was arrested and charged with Felony Destruction of Property. He was being held without bond.

Alexandria Police ask anyone who may have information about this investigation contact Detective Robert Hill at 703.746.6712 or

Detectives Ask for Public’s Help in Hit-and-Run of Pedestrian

Detectives from Mount Vernon Police District, Fairfax County Police Crash Reconstruction Unit are asking for the public’s help with information from a hit-and-run crash involving a pedestrian that occurred around 11 p.m., Oct. 6. The victim, an adult man, was attempting to cross the road near the intersection of Collingwood Road and Lynnfield Drive. He was struck by a car and taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. Through their investigation, detectives believe the striking car to be a Nissan SUV, which should have damage to its undercarriage and possible minor front-end damage. Drugs and alcohol were not factors for the pedestrian.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact our Crash Reconstruction Unit at 703-280-0543. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text – Type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 dollars if their information leads to an arrest.

Civil War Shelters

Can you tell a Sibley tent from a dog tent? How did Civil War soldiers stay warm in camp? Find out the answers to these questions and more when Fort Ward Museum presents the living history program Civil War Shelter, on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. The program will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is free. The event is weather dependent.

This interpretive program will explore a variety of tents and shelter for Civil War soldiers. Reproductions of some major types of period tents will be set up and explained by Union Army interpreters, and Fort Ward’s furnished Officers’ Hut, a typical military structure in the Defenses of Washington, will be open to the public. A variety of camp life accessories, furnishings, and heating methods for military accommodations will also be displayed and discussed.

Fort Ward is the best preserved of the Union forts that comprised the Civil War Defenses of Washington. The Museum features exhibits, programs and special events throughout the year. Fort Ward is located at 4301 West Braddock Road in the west end of the City of Alexandria. For more information, please contact Fort Ward Museum at 703.746.4848.

Attorney Convicted of Embezzling Over $1.5 Million from Virginia Senator, Canadian Business, and Autism Organization

A federal jury convicted a Fairfax attorney today on charges of conspiring to defraud and to launder fraud proceeds totaling over $1.5 million, including funds embezzled from Virginia Sen. Richard Saslaw’s campaign account, a Canadian business, and an organization intended to support students with autism and other intellectual disabilities.

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, David H. Miller, 70, conspired with his wife, Linda Diane Wallis, to defraud three categories of victims from 2011 through 2014.

First, Miller, an attorney, conspired with Wallis to create two fake law firms, Federal Legal Associates and The Straile Group. Miller and Wallis used the two fake law firms to fraudulently bill Miller’s employer, SkyLink Air and Logistic Support, Inc. (SkyLink), a Canadian based aviation company that maintained an office in Dulles, for purported legal work that was never actually performed. Miller and Wallis caused approximately $368,400 in losses to SkyLink.

Second, Miller and Wallis embezzled approximately $653,000 from the campaign account of Sen. Saslaw. From June 2013 to September 2014, Wallis served as the treasurer of the Saslaw for State Senate campaign. During that time, Wallis issued over 70 fraudulent checks from the Saslaw for State Senate campaign bank account, which totaled approximately $653,000. All of the checks were issued without the knowledge or permission of Saslaw or his campaign staff, and were ultimately deposited into accounts that were controlled by Miller or Wallis.

Third, Miller and Wallis misappropriated funds from an autism organization, which Miller co-founded and for which Wallis served as the Executive Director. The organization, known as The Community College Consortium on Autism and Intellectual Disabilities (CCCAID), claimed to provide assistance to community colleges to develop programs for individuals with autism and other intellectual disabilities. Between April 2010 and April 2013, community colleges located around the country and an individual donated approximately $783,000 to CCCAID. The funds contributed to CCCAID were supposed to be used to further the mission of the organization and not to enrich Miller or Wallis. Despite these restrictions, from 2011 through 2014, Miller and Wallis embezzled over $600,000 from CCCAID’s bank account and used the money to pay their own personal expenses.

Miller and Wallis laundered the proceeds of their crimes through multiple bank accounts and ultimately spent the funds on lavish personal expenses, including mortgage payments on a million-dollar home in Fairfax, renovations to an oceanfront property owned by Miller in Bethany Beach, Delaware, dues payments to the Country Club of Fairfax, and travel on private aircraft from Manassas to Montego Bay, Jamaica for a family vacation at a luxury oceanfront resort.

Miller’s co-conspirator and wife, Linda Diane Wallis, previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 56 months in prison on Mar. 18, 2016.

Miller faces a maximum penalty of twenty years in prison on each of ten counts of conviction when sentenced on Jan. 24, 2020. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Fake Lawyer Sentenced for Defrauding Members of Immigrant Communities in Northern Virginia

A California man was sentenced today to two years in prison and ordered to pay $332,000 in restitution to 35 victims for posing as a lawyer in order to defraud numerous car accident victims who were members of immigrant communities in Northern Virginia and elsewhere.

According to court documents, Tuan Duc Nguyen, 55, of Garden Grove, falsely held himself out to car accident victims and insurance companies alike as a lawyer for over four years. In the course of his scheme, Nguyen told victims he would represent their interests and they would receive settlement proceeds from insurance companies. But instead of disbursing funds to the victims, Nguyen kept the money for himself. Nguyen carried out the scheme by providing false address information to settling insurance companies so that the victims would not learn of the settlement and by signing documents with false signatures. When victims contacted Nguyen to inquire about the status of their claims, Nguyen often deceived them by stating that negotiations were ongoing when, in fact, the claims had already been settled and Nguyen had stolen the money.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Timothy M. Dunham, Special Agent in Charge, Criminal Division, FBI Washington Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Dober and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer prosecuted the case.