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Prison Term for Fraud A District man who posed as a minister to fraudulently solicit money for charitable causes received a two-year prison sentence yesterday and was ordered to repay the victims of his scheme.

Ricky C. Lewis, 41, who pleaded guilty in September to fraud, swindled about 100 individuals and businesses in the city by saying he was raising money on behalf of a Baptist church and the American Red Cross. At Lewis's sentencing, D.C. Superior Court Judge Erik Christian also ordered him to serve a five-year probation period after his prison term and to make full restitution, in the amount of $2,070, to those he bilked.

Lewis conducted the scam from November 2004 to July, according to prosecutors, and said money would go to, among other beneficiaries, a homeless shelter that did not exist and a family that had lost a child in a homicide. Most of the donations were made in cash.


2 Shot Before Arson A man and woman found in a burning Baltimore apartment last week were shot multiple times before the fire was set, police said.

Firefighters responding to the blaze early Friday at the Windsor Court Apartments found Thomasine Evans, 41, who was dying, and the severely burned body of an unidentified man. Evans died at Sinai Hospital, Detective Robert Cherry said Monday.

Cherry said the man is believed to be Evans's boyfriend, but dental records might be needed to identify him conclusively.

Investigators found that an accelerant was used at the scene.

A neighbor said she saw three men and a woman running out of the building shortly before the blaze began. Regina Arrington said she woke up to people kicking the front door to try to get into the building and then heard what sounded like a struggle in the second-floor apartment where the blaze later broke out.

"I heard a guy say, 'Let me go get my gun.' Then everything went quiet," Arrington said. She said she did not hear gunshots.

Compiled from reports by staff writers and the Associated Press.