Police accuse man of selling fake World Series tickets
WASHINGTON—Police in Washington have arrested a West Virginia man accused of selling $2,000 in fake World Series tickets.
Metropolitan D.C. police said Sunday they charged 54-year-old Ondre Nelson of Huntington, West Virginia, with first-degree fraud. The Washington Post reports Nelson sold five counterfeit tickets for $400 each to a man near the ballpark just before Friday’s third game between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros.
An arrest affidavit obtained by the paper says police found the victim after he caught up with Nelson and another man. The second man paid back $1,300 and left, but Nelson and the victim were arguing when police arrived.
Court records show Nelson pleaded not guilty in D.C. Superior Court and was released pending a November hearing.
Dominion warns of phone scammers who claim bills haven’t been paid
RICHMOND—Dominion Energy has issued a warning about scammers calling people in Virginia and claiming they owe money on their electric bill.
WRIC-TV reported Monday that the callers pretend to work for Dominion Energy.
The callers either demand that a fine be paid or that a Dominion customer pay an outstanding balance on his or her bill. In some cases, the scammers have claimed that customers owe thousands of dollars.
Customers are usually directed to a 1-800 number that is affiliated with Dominion Energy.
As a general rule, no one should give money or bank information to someone calling to demand money.
Police: Multiple overdoses lead to 1 death, 2 arrests
DANVILLE—Police in Virginia have arrested two men in connection with a series of overdoses, including one that authorities say resulted in a death.
Press releases from Danville police say 28-year-old Damion Reed and 46-year-old Chauncey Montague were arrested on drug charges last week. Authorities say heroin that may have been laced with fentanyl or another toxic substance is believed to have led to an overdose death Thursday morning.
Investigators are still working to track down the source of the drugs. Police say two search warrants were executed after the overdose death, and drugs were seized from both places.
It’s unclear whether Reed and Montague had attorneys who could comment on their behalf.
Political consultant pleads guilty in PAC fraud scheme
ALEXANDRIA—A Northern Virginia political consultant has pleaded guilty to diverting tens of thousands of dollars from conservative political action committees and filing false reports to cover it up. Scott Mackenzie, 66, of Arlington was treasurer of multiple PACs, including Conservative StrikeForce and Conservative Majority Fund.
Conservative StrikeForce has been under scrutiny since 2014 when Republican Ken Cuccinelli sued the PAC after his losing 2013 gubernatorial campaign in Virginia. Cuccinelli said the group raised more than $2 million invoking his name and campaign in solicitations, but his campaign only received $10,000.
In a plea deal announced Tuesday by federal prosecutors in Alexandria, Mackenzie admitted directing $32,500 from the PACs to a Winchester woman with whom he had a relationship. Election reports falsely claimed she earned the money doing political work.
Dispute unfolds over voter registration for 171 at GMU
FAIRFAX—A civil rights group says election officials in a Virginia county ran afoul of voting regulations when they rejected registrations for 171 college students. The Washington Post reported Thursday that the students were from George Mason University in Fairfax.
County registrar Gary Scott said the applications were rejected because the students listed campus mailbox numbers and a general university address. He said that makes it impossible to know where they live and which precinct they would be eligible to vote in.
A lawyer with the Washington-based Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has challenged the rejections. Lawyer John Powers said the registrar should ask for more information, not reject the applications.
Ex-Norfolk sheriff indicted on federal bribery charges
NORFOLK—The former sheriff in Virginia’s second-largest city has been indicted on federal bribery charges.
Federal authorities said Thursday that former Norfolk Sheriff Bob McCabe engaged in an “illicit quid pro quo relationship” with a medical services contractor for the city jail called Correct Care Solutions. Former company CEO Gerard Boyle also faces charges.
The indictment says Boyle gave McCabe gifts including cash and campaign contributions. Federal prosecutors say McCabe favored Boyle’s company with contracts and inside bidding information. The indictment also alleges that McCabe had a similar agreement with the CEO of a Louisiana-based company that provided food.
School Board appealing decision in bathroom case
RICHMOND—The Gloucester County School Board is seeking to persuade an appeals court that its transgender bathroom ban didn’t discriminate against former student Gavin Grimm.
The School Board filed a 76-page brief Tuesday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond. The brief says a federal judge in Norfolk wrongly interpreted federal protections to rule that Grimm’s rights were violated. The board says laws protect against discrimination based on gender, not gender identity.
Grimm was born a female but transitioned to male. The board argues that Grimm is still female and was treated like all other students when he was required to use girls restrooms or a private bathroom.
Grimm’s lawsuit was once a federal test case that drew national attention. He graduated from high school in 2017.