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Alexandria Man Pleads Guilty to Four Separate Fraud Schemes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 22, 2012

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – David Lee Parker, 50, of Alexandria, Va., has pleaded guilty to a six-count criminal information charging him with several different fraud schemes that he perpetrated throughout the past six years.

            Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; David E. Beach, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service’s Washington Field Office; and Earl Cook, Alexandria Chief of Police, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by United States District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee on Feb. 21, 2012. 

Parker was charged by a six-count criminal information on Feb. 21, 2012 with one count of access device fraud, two counts of wire fraud, two counts of aggravated identity theft, and one count of fraud in connection with computers.  Parker faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison on the access device fraud count, 20 years on the wire fraud counts, mandatory minimum sentences of two years on the aggravated identity theft counts, and five years on the fraud in connection with computers count.  Parker will be sentenced on May 23, 2012.  

            In a statement of facts filed with his plea agreement, Parker admitted to conducting four distinct fraudulent schemes since 2006:

  • Fraudulent Credit Cards: Parker obtained and used numerous credit cards in the names of his elderly grandmother and grandfather, as well as in his own name and his teenage daughter’s Social Security number.  Parker did not have permission to obtain these cards, but he nevertheless used them to make more than $70,000 worth of unauthorized purchases. 
  • European “Hard Times Cafe” Franchise Investment Scam: Making numerous false statements, Parker convinced two individuals to invest in the European franchise rights to the Hard Times Cafe.  As a result of these misrepresentations, investors lost more than $120,000.
  • False Contract with French Government: Parker convinced a former girlfriend to give him more than $90,000 to relieve him of an employment contract with the French government.  In reality, Parker neither worked for the French government nor used that money to pay the French government.
  • Improper National Security Agency Access: Based on misrepresentations about the extent of his background and experience in the intelligence and national security fields, Parker obtained and exceeded authorized access to secure National Security Agency computer databases.  Parker used this improper access for his private financial gain—namely, to further a government consulting contract.

            This case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and the Alexandria Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Chad Golder is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States, with the assistance of the Alexandria Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on https://pcl.uscourts.gov.

 

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