Unlicensed Transfers A judge in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt yesterday sentenced a Herndon man to 10 years in prison for helping people send more than $6 million to Pakistan and other countries.
Mohammad Bajwa, 40, a Pakistani national, was convicted in October of operating an unlicensed money transmitting business and of wire fraud connected to a refinancing application he filed on a mortgage.
Bajwa was ordered to give up his home and $3.5 million.
Prosecutors said Bajwa collected money from people in Virginia and wired it to overseas banks. His brother in Pakistan then collected the money and distributed it.
Prosecutors said Bajwa also illegally wired money to several other countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Japan, India, China, Taiwan and the Netherlands.
In April, Bajwa was convicted of immigration fraud in a related case and was sentenced to two years in prison.
Fundraising Fraud Montgomery County police are looking for a man who allegedly collected at least $92 in Silver Spring on Nov. 20 by telling passersby that he was a Red Cross employee gathering donations for Hurricane Katrina victims.
The man, Alvin Dale Mathis, 48, is also wanted in Prince George's County for allegedly operating as a contractor without a license. Mathis was using an expired Red Cross badge when two Montgomery County officers encountered him outside a garage on Wayne Avenue in Silver Spring, police said. The Red Cross does not authorize that type of fundraising, police said.
Mall Stabbing A stabbing at Springfield Mall on Monday night was gang-related, Fairfax County police said yesterday, though they declined to say what gang was involved.
The victim, a 19-year-old Arlington man who was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital, was not seriously wounded after being slashed several times in the upper body, police spokeswoman Mary Ann Jennings said. The incident occurred about 8:30 p.m., when the victim and three friends were confronted by three men, police said.
The stabbing was the second at the mall in recent weeks. On Oct. 15, police said, a group of 10 gang members targeted a 15-year-old youth and stabbed him. He also was not seriously wounded.
Guilty of Sex Abuse A U.S. government employee based in Albania pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a minor and to possessing materials showing minors engaged in sexual acts, authorities said yesterday.
Stuart F. Moss, 50, of Manassas entered his plea Monday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria. He faces up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 3.
Moss was an information management technologist assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Tirana, Albania.
Compiled from reports by staff writers.