Virginia Lawyer Indicted For Embezzling $1.4M From An Autism Organization And Virginia Senator

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Dana J. Boente announced Monday a Fairfax-based attorney was indicted for taking part in three fraud schemes that led to more than $1.4 million in losses.

Sixty-eight-year-old David H. Miller embezzled $653,000 from the campaign fund of Virginia State Senator Richard Saslaw, $368,400 from SkyLink Air and Logistic Support, Inc. and $482,000 from The Community College Consortium on Autism and Intellectual Disabilities from 2011 through 2014.

PrisonMiller with the help of his wife, Linda Diane Wallis, created bogus law firms, The Straile Group and Federal Legal Associates. Through those companies, Miller fraudulently billed his employer, SkyLink Air, leading to about $653,000 in losses.

Wallis served as treasurer of Saslaw’s campaign from June 2013 to September 2014, at which time she issued about 73 checks from the campaign bank account and deposited them into personal accounts controlled by her and Miller. The checks were written without Saslaw’s permission or knowledge. The monies were utilized to retain a personal attorney, pay their home mortgage and other personal expenses.

Miller co-founded The Community College Consortium on Autism and Intellectual Disabilities, which claimed to offer assistance to college to create programs for people with intellectual disabilities. Wallis served as the executive director of the organization. Community colleges nationwide donated about $783,000 to the organization from April 2010 and April 2013. Wallis authorized about $482,000 in cash transfers from the organization’s bank account to personal accounts controlled by her and Miller. Part of that money was utilized for renovation of Miller’s oceanfront property in Bethany Beach, Delaware and a family vacation to Jamaica.

Wallis previously pleaded guilty and on March 18, 2016, she sentenced to 56 months in prison.

Miller was charged with conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments. If convicted, he faces a maximum 20-year prison sentence.

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