Virginia Briefing

Virginia Briefing

Thursday, February 26, 2009


Man Admits Harboring Immigrants

A Falls Church man has pleaded guilty to harboring illegal immigrants from Indonesia, keeping as many as 11 in his basement, federal prosecutors said.

Soripada Lubis, an Indonesian native and naturalized U.S. citizen, entered his plea yesterday to harboring illegal immigrants for commercial advantage and private financial gain. He is scheduled to be sentenced May 15.

His wife, Siti Chadidjah Siregar, a citizen of Indonesia, pleaded guilty to making false statements to federal agents.

According to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, the couple had kept the Indonesian women in their basement since 2000. The women would work as live-in housekeepers for families in Potomac.

On weekends, they lived in Lubis and Siregar's basement, sometimes sleeping three to a bed. Lubis and Siregar charged the women rent, transportation and fees ostensibly for taxes and to send money to Indonesia.

-- Associated Press


Man Killed by Train Identified

A man who was killed after he apparently stepped in front of a train in southern Fairfax County on Tuesday morning was identified by police yesterday as Michael Sheppard, 48, of the Lorton area.

Police said Sheppard, of the 8400 block of Wasdale Head Drive, was standing alongside the tracks near Lorton and Gunston Cove roads about 11:44 a.m. when the operator of a southbound Amtrak train spotted him and sounded his horn. Sheppard stepped onto the tracks and then turned and faced the train as the operator tried in vain to stop in time, police said.

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