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Md. woman sentenced in $2.3M government fraud scheme

GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) -- A thirty-five-year-old Clinton woman was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison for a $2.3 million government contract fraud scheme, the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein announced.

In addition to the 18 months in prison, Larayne Whitehead, 35, of Clinton, Md. will have three years of supervised release for "conspiring to commit wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud businesses which supplied goods under government contracts," officials said.

An order was placed that Whitehead forfeit a total of $2,393,579 along with a vehicle.

Whitehead was involved in the fraud scheme, along with her co-conspirators between December 2007 and May 2013, according to the plea agreement.

At least 15 businesses in the states of Maryland, Delaware, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, and Tennessee were used in the scheme, authorities said.

2 men plead guilty in armed robbery and carjacking

GRENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two D.C. men plead guilty to armed robbery and carjacking on August 11th.

23-year-old Marcellus Ramone Freeman and 22-year-old Tonnie Floyd plead guilty to robbery, discharging a gun during a robbery and, carjacking.

In October of 2012, Floyd, Freeman and, another co-conspirator used a stolen jeep to follow an armored Garda cash transport truck to a Cricket store in Takoma Park, Maryland, the plea agreement stated.

The Garda driver entered the Cricket store and picked up $3,911 the plea agreement said. When the Garda employee returned to the truck, Freeman and Floyd confronted him with guns, the plea agreement said. The Garda driver dropped the money and at least one of the co-conspirators fired at the employee. The Garda driver returned fire and one of the co-conspirators grabbed the bag of money before the two returned to the stolen Jeep, the plea agreement reported.

Conspirator in MD brothel robbery and murder setenced

GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Maryland man has been sentenced for his involvement in a robbery, murder and, rape that took place at a Maryland brothel, the U.S. Attorney's Office of Maryland reported.

According to the Maryland U.S. Attornery's Office Ramon Miguel Cerros-Cruz, 24, of Hyattsville plead guilty to conspiring to rob a Hyattsville Brothel and was sentenced to ten years in prison on Wednesday.

On February 28th, 2007, Cerros-Cruz and his co-conspirators went to the brothel and demanded money, the plea agreement described.

According to the plea agreement Cerros-Cruz and his co-conspirators tied up the brothel's doorman, raped a brothel prostitute and searched the brothel for money. The plea agreement described that the co-conspirators stabbed another victim to death when the victim came to the brothel.

Md. man pleads guilty in 2012 armored truck robbery

GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) -- The United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein announced Wednesday that a 28-year-old man pleaded guilty in conspiracy to commit an armed robbery of an armored truck in 2012.

Officials said, Adrian Baldwin, 28, of D.C. conspired with Damione Lewis, Delacey Brown, Taurian Miller, and others to rob an armored truck in mid November at a bank located in Hyattsville.

According to officials, Baldwin was going to take part in the robbery and share the money.

On November 21, 2012, a total of $272,956 was picked up in an armored car from the bank located in Hyattsville. Officials said, Baldwin, along with the other conspirators went up to the employee, took the money to the vans and drove off. They were carrying firearms at the time of the incident, officials said.

Md. man sentenced to 20 years for sex trafficking

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - A man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for sex trafficking and related offenses.

Thirty-two-year-old Jean Claude Roy of Germantown, also known as "Dredd the Don," was sentenced in federal court in Greenbelt on Tuesday.

Authorities say Roy transported girls across state lines to engage in prostitution, and physically and sexually abused, threatened and branded them. Authorities say while in jail, Roy called someone and asked that person to access online accounts to destroy evidence relating to his charges.

4 injured in accident on I-495 near Bethesda

4 injured in accident on I-495 near Bethesda

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA 9) -- Two Metrobus passengers are claiming injuries after the bus was involved in an accident on the Beltway Friday afternoon.

Authorities say that the Metrobus was involved in an accident with a passenger vehicle near the Old Georgetown Road exit on I-495.

Authorities report that two of the passengers in the involved vehicle are also claiming injuries.




Occasionally Cake of Alexandria, Va. and Mount Vernon, Va. is celebrating its five-year anniversary on Sun., July 20 and handing out one free cupcake per person to all their patrons with no purchase necessary at their Old Town Alexandria shop at 207 King Street and Mount Vernon at 8859 Richmond Highway from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Occasionally Cake will donate 50 percent of all their sales that day to Metropolitan School of the Arts youth scholarships of Lorton, Va. For more information, call (703) 647-9638 or visit www.occasionallycake.com.

The free cupcakes will be available in Chocolate Marshmallow, Red Velvet, Snickerdoodle, Funfetti and Strawberry Key Lime flavors with other flavors available for purchase. A variety of other flavors will be available for purchase.  Occasionally Cake will offer an anniversary special of four cupcakes for $8.