MARYLAND

Fraud, conspiracy pleas: A former Treasury Department employee and her husband have pleaded guilty in federal court in Greenbelt to conspiracy, wire fraud and conflict of interest charges, said Thomas M. DiBiagio, Maryland's U.S. attorney.

The former employee, Veronica Hardy-Everette, 56, and her husband, Charles D. Everette, 62, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus on Thursday, officials said. Both are from Suitland.

According to a statement of facts that was part of their plea agreement, Veronica Hardy-Everette was an employee of a bureau of the Treasury Department that managed the disbursement of federal funds. She obtained training services from private businesses.

From January 1999 through September 2000, Veronica Hardy-Everette used her position to award 105 training contracts worth more than $139,600 to her husband's companies. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 29.

Guilty plea in robberies: A man who pleaded guilty to robbing four banks in Prince George's County and a fifth in Charles County was sentenced yesterday to 14 years and six months in prison, Maryland U.S. Attorney Thomas M. DiBiagio said.

Rudolph C. Epps, 33, of Prince George's was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte. Epps is serving a seven-year sentence in state prison for robbing the Charles County bank. Messitte ordered that Epps's federal sentence be served concurrently with the state sentence.

According to a statement of facts, Epps robbed four banks in Prince George's between Feb. 14, 2002, and March 4, 2002. Epps acknowledged that he robbed the Charles County bank March 5, 2002.

Robberies investigated: Police in Prince George's County said yesterday that they are investigating two residential robberies in Fort Washington in which an armed man broke into homes and threatened to kill the homeowners if they didn't drive him to an automated teller machine.

The most recent incident occurred Sunday in the 8500 block of Vistule Drive. Police said a woman awoke about 3:30 a.m. and saw a man, armed with a shotgun and wearing a ski mask, who demanded that the woman drive him to an ATM.

The assailant forced the woman to withdraw money from the ATM, police said, and then ordered her to drive him back to her house, where he stole several items and fled in her vehicle, which was recovered Monday, police said.

Police said they are investigating a similar robbery that occurred July 29 in the 9600 block of Pamelia Place. In that case, police said, a man, also armed with a shotgun and wearing a ski mask, ordered a man and his wife to drive him to an ATM. Afterward, he told them to drive him back to their house, where he stole several items. He fled in their vehicle, which was recovered the next day.

Investigators asked that anyone with information call the department's robbery unit at 301-772-4905 or its Crime Solvers at 301-735-1111.

Woman identified: A woman fatally shot Tuesday night in Seat Pleasant was identified yesterday by Prince George's County police as Aminata Toure, 29, of Woodbridge. She was killed in the 400 block of Eastern Avenue with Craig Saint Jamada, 20, of Washington, police said.

VIRGINIA

Officer charged: A Fairfax County police officer was charged yesterday with misdemeanor sex abuse for improperly touching an 18-year-old woman he had arrested as part of a shoplifting investigation, authorities said.

Christopher G. Paul, 29, of Prince William County, a member of the Fairfax force for one year, was placed on administrative leave and released on $2,500 bond, authorities said.

The charges followed a two-week investigation of the Aug. 16 incident, Fairfax police said.

Compiled from reports by staff writers and the Associated Press.