in bribery scheme
The owner of a Rockville information-technology company who paid tens of thousands of dollars to a U.S. Postal Service official for information to help his firm win lucrative government contracts was sentenced Friday to serve a year and a day in prison.
Adel Elaraby, 40, of Gaithersburg, the owner of AH Computer Consulting, pleaded guilty in April to bribery of a public official.
Federal prosecutors had asked that he be sentenced to two years and three months in prison.
They wrote in court filings that Elaraby paid the official, Gene Quarles, $40,000 from April 2010 to June 2012. In exchange, prosecutors wrote, Quarles gave Elaraby confidential information about government contracts and let him listen in on conference calls between Postal Service officials.
AH Computer Consulting has been paid $31 million for work on government contracts since 2006, prosecutors wrote.
Quarles pleaded guilty for his role in the scheme and was sentenced in May to a year and a half in prison. Elaraby’s wife, Heba Elaraby, a co-owner of the company, also admitted to paying bribes and entered into a deferred prosecution agreement this year.
— Matt Zapotosky
Patient steals ambulance in NE
A patient stole an ambulance in Northeast Washington on Saturday morning.
About 9:30 a.m., an ambulance transporting a patient was involved in an accident in the 200 block of Florida Avenue NE. While the patient was being moved to a second ambulance, responders noticed that one of the units was moving and spotted a non-authorized person in the driver’s seat, said Tim Wilson, a spokesman for the District’s Fire and EMS Department.
The patient, Darren Ethedge, 31, of Northeast Washington drove away in the ambulance, officials said.
Araz Alali, a police spokesman, said officers followed the ambulance for about seven blocks before arresting the driver at the intersection of Mount Olivet Road and Brentwood Parkway in Northeast.
The suspect was taken into custody and is facing auto-theft charges, Alali said.
— Nicole Chavez
Man’s threats lead
to street closures
A man threatening to hurt himself near the White House caused street closures for almost three hours Saturday morning, according to the Secret Service.
Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 15th and 19th streets was shut down, as was 17th Street NW between F and H streets, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said.
The streets were reopened around 11:45 a.m., Leary said.
The man, who was uninjured and whose name was not released, was taken by D.C. police to a hospital. He had a piece of luggage with him that police determined did not contain dangerous items.
The man did not have any weapons, a federal official said, and did not have an intention of doing anything at the White House.
— Stefanie Dazio
Pit bulls attack shoppers in NE
Two pit bulls attacked several people in a Northeast Washington shopping mall Saturday morning.
Around 10:30 a.m., two police officers responded to the Hechinger Mall near the intersection of 16th Street and Benning Road.
A man was bitten in the face by one of the dogs and was transported to the hospital. Police said his injuries were not life-threatening.
One of the two officers shot the dogs to try to stop the attacks.