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Arlington attorney arrested for allegedly stealing credit cards from Alexandria office building

The Franklin P. Backus Courthouse at 520 King Street in Alexandria (staff photo by James Cullum)

(Updated at 10:25 a.m.) An Arlington defense attorney has been arrested and charged with allegedly stealing credit cards from an Alexandria office building multiple times last year.

The attorney is charged with credit card theft and credit card fraud, both as felonies, and another credit card fraud misdemeanor charge.

“The charges arose from the alleged theft of credit cards from an Alexandria office building on multiple occasions in 2022,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter said in a release, “and the alleged subsequent use of the cards at multiple locations in Alexandria and Arlington.”

The attorney was arrested in February for the fraud charges, along with charges from Arlington County including grand larceny with intent to sell, possession of stolen property and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. The total maximum penalty for all charges would be around 96 years if found guilty.

The attorney was suspended by the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board in November and now faces a disciplinary Bar hearing hearing for misconduct.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Alexandria is handling the prosecution of both Alexandria and Arlington’s charges. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 19.

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