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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

FEDERAL COURT

WASA Payroll Specialist Accused of Stealing

A 28-year-old Fort Washington woman has been charged with stealing more than $200,000 from the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority during a three-year period.

Sonia R. Coleman, a former payroll specialist at WASA, was charged Friday in federal court with transportation of stolen money. Prosecutors accused her of manipulating WASA's payroll system to steal $236,256 from late 2004 through early last year. The stolen funds were deposited into one of Coleman's bank accounts and another one belonging to an unidentified person, according to charging documents.

Prosecutors said the pair used the money for "personal expenses."

Coleman's attorney, public defender Jonathan Jeffress, declined to comment.

-- Del Quentin Wilber

UNION STATION

Entrepreneur Offers Cash for Sob Stories

Hard-luck stories will garner some cold, hard cash this morning.

An anonymous man who calls himself "Bailout Bill" will set up a booth inside Union Station today and give away up to $50,000 in $50 increments to folks who give him their heart-wrenching recession stories.

The man is an Internet entrepreneur who pulled the same publicity stunt in New York this month as a way to promote his video classified ads site, BailoutBooth.com, according to his spokesman, Drew Tybus.


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