Fraud Sentence A Michigan man who defrauded 800 churchgoers in Prince George's County of more than $1.3 million was sentenced by a federal judge in Greenbelt yesterday to 10 years in prison.
U.S. District Court Judge Roger W. Titus also ordered Marcus D. Dukes, 36, of Oak Park to pay $1,358,000 in restitution and to spend three years in supervised release after he completes his sentence.
In June, a federal jury in Greenbelt convicted Dukes of a dozen felony fraud counts, including money laundering and mail fraud.
According to federal prosecutors, Dukes and a partner, Teresa Hodge, frequented African American Pentecostal churches and promoted membership in something he called the Financial Warfare Club.
Church members were told that if they joined, they would get financial literacy courses and grants of stock in African American companies that would later be taken public.
The investments yielded practically no return, federal prosecutors said.
Hodge is awaiting trial on the same charges, U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said.
Facing Trial as Adult A 17-year-old Mount Vernon area youth yesterday was certified to stand trial as an adult on a murder charge in the Halloween night shooting of Henry J. Andrade in the Huntington area.
Andrade, 26, a father of two young girls, had come out of his house on Fort Drive to support Robert A. Winebrenner Jr., 17, a next-door neighbor involved in a dispute with some other teenagers. Winebrenner testified yesterday in a preliminary hearing in Fairfax juvenile court that he and another youth planned to fight a group of teenagers who had thrown paint on Winebrenner's house and that Winebrenner had asked Andrade for support.
Winebrenner testified that Joseph Effler was in the group of teenagers he was arguing with. He said Effler aimed a red laser light at one of Winebrenner's friends, then focused it on Andrade and shot him once in the chest. Andrade died at the scene. Chief juvenile court Judge Gayl B. Carr ordered Effler's case certified to Circuit Court for possible indictment and transferred Effler from the juvenile to the adult jail in Fairfax.
Compiled from reports by staff writers.