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Maryland Attorney Pleads Guilty to Insurance Fraud

    Amir Ryan Lahuti, 45, of Bethesda, Maryland, pled guilty yesterday to conspiracy to commit mail fraud for his role in an insurance fraud scheme.

    Lahuti is an attorney who is licensed to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia.  He owns and operates the Law Offices of Ryan Lahuti, P.C., and has offices in Silver Spring and Langley Park, Maryland. According to court documents, Lahuti had an ongoing business relationship with chiropractor Jason Carle, wherein the two would refer clients to one another.  In May 2009, Lahuti was involved in an accident during which he was reportedly hit by a vehicle while riding his bicycle.  Lahuti subsequently contacted Carle and asked Carle to create a patient file for him to document purported treatment related to the bike accident that Lahuti could use to submit a fraudulent insurance claim.

Self-described "militant extremist" sentenced to 5 years in prison for visa fraud

Self-described "militant extremist" sentenced to 5 years in prison for visa fraud

Sentence Enhanced Based on Statements and Conduct Indicating a Desire to Attack the United States

GREENBELT, Md. - U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus, sentenced Brahim Lajqi, 51, an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo, residing in Silver Spring, Md., today to five years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for visa fraud. Judge Titus granted the government's requested sentence enhancement based on Lajqi conducting activities to fulfill his pledge to retaliate against the United States for its involvement in the Kosovo conflict, which Lajqi believed had led to the deaths of several family members. The sentenced is the result of an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the FBI.

Alleged MS-13 Members Indicted In DC On Racketeering, Other Charges

Alleged MS-13 Members Indicted In DC On Racketeering, Other Charges

WASHINGTON (WUSA) - Eleven alleged MS-13 members have been indicted on federal racketeering and other charges for various violent crimes in the Washington, D.C. area, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.

A 35-count indictment, unsealed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, charges defendants with:

  • taking part in a racketeering conspiracy
  • murder in aid of racketeering, kidnapping in aid of racketeering
  • assault with a deadly weapon in aid of racketeering, and other offenses

The indictment alleges all defendants were MS-13 members at the time of the offenses. MS-13 is a transnational gang with members in the United States, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. The indictment alleged that MS-13 engages in racketeering activity to include murder, narcotics distribution, extortion, robberies, and obstruction of justice.

Suspect Arrested for Multiple Residential Burglaries

Suspect Arrested for Multiple Residential Burglaries

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police 4th District Investigative Section have been investigating residential burglaries that have occurred within their jurisdiction.  Between October of 2010 and January of 2011 a significant number of residential burglaries were occurring within Olney, Aspen Hill, and north Silver Spring communities.

            It was learned that entry was being gained through a rear door or window and the primary target for theft was jewelry.

Rockville Police Make Arrests in Stabbings

Rockville Police Make Arrests in Stabbings

ROCKVILLE, Md., January 16, 2011 - Rockville City Police have arrested four men, all of Silver Spring, in connection with the stabbings of individuals that took place early Sunday morning at the Rockville Sportsplex.

Police arrested the four men Sunday afternoon, following investigation into the incident. The individuals were all charged with two counts each of attempted first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault.

The four individuals charged are as follows:

Dog Fighting Suspected, 15 Canines Seized from Laytonsville House

Dog Fighting Suspected, 15 Canines Seized from Laytonsville House
15 canines seized, nine euthanized; two residents and Germantown man face charges

Margie Hyslop for The Gazette.net reports that Montgomery County police are investigating possible dog fighting operations after a raid at a residence west of Laytonsville.

Fourteen pit bull-type dogs and one Presa Canario were seized in December after animal services officers checked to ensure proper care of canines at a house in the 8100 block of Brink Road.

Radio Shack Robbery

Radio Shack Robbery

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police are investigating the armed robbery of a Radio Shack electronics store in Silver Spring.

Last night at approximately 5:22 p.m., officers responded to the Radio Shack, located at 8213 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, for the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.  The preliminary investigation revealed that an unknown male entered the store and posed as a customer.  The suspect told the employee that he wanted to purchase a Playstation 3 gaming system.  When the employee placed the Playstation box on the counter, the suspect took it and attempted to run from the store.  The employee attempted to retrieve the Playstation, but not before the suspect punched her and fled from the store.