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Va. man gets 12 years in prison for $53M fraud

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia restaurateur has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a plot that defrauded banks across the country of $53 million.

Thirty-one-year-old Osama El-Atari of Ashburn also was ordered to pay $53 million in restitution at sentencing Friday. He had pleaded guilty in April to three counts of bank fraud and one count of money laundering.

El-Atari owned a small chain of steakhouses in the Washington suburbs under the name Original Steakhouse and Sports Theater. He was known for driving Lamborghinis and Ferraris.

According to court documents, El-Atari presented the banks with fake life insurance policies as collateral to obtain fraudulent loans. The loans allegedly were for business ventures.

He fled the United States in May 2009 and was arrested in Texas in January 2010.

Washington Life Magazine sits down with Donald Trump at his new Loudoun County Golf Course

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Oh My GOFF! Angie Goff reports photographer Tony Powell snaps away capturing Donald Trump standing on his newly acquired course a $20 million dollar purchase known as the Lowes Island Club in Loudoun County.

Washington Life's John Arundel scored the first sit-down interview with the business mogul who met with staff to go over renovations. Arundel described Trump as 'easy-going but intense, all business all the time,' as he surveyed his first property in the D.C. area.

You can catch the full interview and more pictures in Washington Life's October issue

PR Running Store Holds All-Comer’s Group Run

The Potomac River Running Store holds group runs every Tuesday evening. This group run is lead by PR staff members and will begin at the PR store at 20630 Ashburn Road in Ashburn, VA. The all-comer’s group run is a social run lead by PR staff members.

It is free to participate and is a great way to add structure to your training schedule and meet some fellow runners! It is safe and social and open to all levels. Come out for this low-key run if you are a beginner and run a mile or too. If you are an experienced, competitive runner this is a great opportunity to do a fun, tempo run.

The run will be no longer than 50 minutes and will go from the store to the W&OD trail. The run will end back at the PR Running Store around 7:30 p.m. and occasionally some of the runners will go to a local eatery for some refueling! If you have any questions about the run you can call the PR Running Store in Ashburn at 703-729-0133.

Subway Shop Stick Up

ASHBURN, Va. (WUSA) -- A Subway shop is back open Friday night after an armed robbery at 11 a.m.

 

It happened at the Broadlands Center Plaza off Clairborne Parkway. 

The store owner says the man walked in, asked for a job application, went to the restroom and held up the Subway shop.  He then demanded money from the safe. Loudoun County Sheriff's deputies are on the look for the gunman.

Initially, deputies surrounded the area and the nearby Broadlands neighborhood at Waxpool and Clairborne Parkway.

 

The storeowner says the first thing he thought of was that it was an inside job.  But he learned the gunman tried several different stores in the shopping center. He says the man was agitated and was desperate for money.

Hot Summer Deal at Broadlands Sports Bar & Grill

Broadlands Sports Bar and Grill is known as one of the premiere sports bars in Ashburn, VA. Broadlands Sports Bar and Grill is home of the Broad-ritto, Broad-burger and Buff-wings! It also is known for its happy hours that feature drink specials and discounts on their 16-tap beer selection.

Come watch your favorite local sports teams on Broadland Sports 50” HD plazma TV’s (there are 24 of them!) and enjoy some food and drinks. Right now there is a special deal going on for the summer that you don’t want to miss. Buy one appetizer and you get one free through August 30 when you present this coupon: http://www.merchantcircle.com/coupon/Broadlands.Sports.Bar.And.Grill.703-729-7119/display/400428

Broadlands Sports Bar and Grill is open Monday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. and is located at 42882 Truro Parish Drive in Ashburn, VA.

'Electrifying' Banks Impressing Redskins Coaches

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- Brandon Banks has a bloodline for speed to offset a body not meant for football.

The undrafted Washington Redskins rookie is no longer just a long shot to make the team, not after his 77-yard punt return for a touchdown against Buffalo on Friday. The 5-foot-7, 151-pound receiver out of Kansas State flashed his 4.24-second speed down the right sideline before performing hometown buddy John Wall's signature dance in the end zone.

Yet, Banks is barely the fastest person in his family.

It wasn't until middle school that he could outrun his mother, Sharonda Banks, who reached the U.S. Olympic time trials over 200 meters in 1995. His half-sister Gabby Mayo was part of an NCAA record 400-meter relay team while setting a Texas A&M record over 60 meters. Several uncles also ran track in college.

"I was a track guy, but I loved football more than track so I chose football," Banks said.

Free Estate Planning Course

InSight Law Offices in Ashburn, VA is offering a class called “The Truth about Estate Planning” on Wednesday, August 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The class is completely free, but you must register ahead of time and space is limited.

The office is located at 44365 Premier Plaza in Suite 210 in Ashburn. The class will be taught be estate planning attorney Bobby Feisee. Feisee learned first-hand about the impacts on Alzheimer’s on family members both emotionally and financially. He will be speaking about estate planning goals, approaches to planning, the estate planning process, asset protection, fees and more. Each person who attends will receive an estate planning reference binder.

For more information about the program you can visit http://www.insightcontinuingeducation.com/ or to register go to http://taep.eventbrite.com/.