A senior Alexandria city council aide, who has had bingo-related business dealings in the past, has been subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury that will investigate Northern Virginia's lucrative bingo operations.
Two federal prosecutors will meet today to discuss whether information developed during a federal investigation into an Alexandria-based massage parlor ring will also be presented to the same grand jury, prosecutor Henry Hudson said.
The formation of the federal grand jury, which will meet for the first time this Monday, marks the formal entry of federal investigators into the probe which a special Alexandria prosecutor and local police are making of the bingo games in the region.
U.S. marshals subpoenaed William H. Fields, the top aide ot Alexandria city council member Nicholas A. Colasanto, and Karen Fields, his daughter and secretary, Fields said yesterday.
In mid-1977 Fields assumed roughly $10,000 worth of debt on bingo equipment that Alexandria Commonwealth's Attorney William L. Cowhig and others had obtained for an Explorer Scout troop Cowhig had helped form, both Cowhig and Fields have previously said.
The original games were stopped after Scout officials protested the use of bingo as a fundraising device, Cowhig has said.
In April Senior Alexandria Circuit Court Judge Franklin P. Backus appointed Edward J. White as a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of improprieties in the operations of the bingo games. Backus acted after Cowhig said he had become too controversial to be effective because of allegations he had moved slowly against bingo violators. Cowhig has denied any improprieties on his part.
On Wednesday James R. Fike and Alva Ford Thompson were indicted by an Alexandria grand jury on felony gambling charges relating to their bingo activities. In May Fike was convicted on a misdemenor charge of running on illegal bingo game. Other have denied violating the gambling law.
Before he became the commonwealth's attorney. Cowhig had acted as the incorporating attorney for Fike's B & J Specialities company, the firm through which Fike later ran the allegedly illegal gambling operation. Cowhig last April said his incorporation actions were standard and common for attorneys, he had no farther dealings with the firm. Cowhig said he believe the firm he incorporated manufactured desk pen sets and other items.
Also served a subpoena was Boyd A. Hogge. Hogge said. He is president of the Charlotte A. Hogge Missionary Foundation, which described itself in an Alexandria application for a bingo permit as a worldwide charitable organization that raises money for widows and orphans.
The application was denied by Alexandria Finance Director Howard J. Holton after Hogge failed to submit the proper forms. Holton and Hogge said. Fields, the Colasanto aide, said in April he is a member of the foundation.
In late May 60 FBI agents raided what they described as the area's "largest, most sophisticated commercialized prostitution business." They seized from the Fairfax County home of its alleged operator, Louis Michael Parrish, two file folders relating to bingo games, according to court records.