Brian Kim, 38, of Fairfax pleaded guilty Aug. 5 to fraud after he counterfeited and sold approximately $76,000 in postage stamps at two packaging centers he owned and operated in Northern Virginia.
According to court documents, Kim pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and will be sentenced on Nov. 7. Kim also has agreed to pay restitution in the amount of $76,000.
According to court documents, Kim said he counterfeited postal stamps and placed them on packages and letters that customers brought to his packaging centers from January to October 2013. Neither the customers who purchased the stamps nor the USPS employees who picked up the packages were aware of Kim’s scheme, documents state.
Kim’s packaging centers were located in Fairfax and Arlington.
On Oct. 15, 2013, postal inspectors seized approximately $23,974.59 worth of counterfeit stamps while executing search warrants at Kim’s businesses.
Fairfax County Police are investigating a reported sexual assault that occurred in the Falls Church area on Aug. 1.
Police said the victim, a 20-year-old woman, was working at a community pool in the area of Yarling Court in Falls Church. Police said the woman said that at around 7 p.m. a man approached her at the counter and struck up a conversation.
According to the woman, the man then allegedly displayed a weapon, sexually assaulted her and fled, police said. Police said the woman then sought help and called police.
The victim was medically evaluated at a local hospital and released, police said.
The suspect was described as white, in his late 20s to early 30s. He was approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall with an average build and was clean-shaven, according to a description given to police.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police at (703) 691-2131.
Fairfax County Police are investigating a single-vehicle, fatal crash that occurred in Lorton around 4:15 a.m. Aug. 2.
Police said Juan Gomez, 24, of Lorton was operating a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta eastbound on Pohick Road just past Lorton Station at a high rate of speed. He lost control of the vehicle, leaving the roadway and striking a tree on the passenger side. A nearby resident heard the crash and called police. Gomez was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Police said speed was a factor in the crash; it is unknown if alcohol was a factor. Gomez was not wearing his seatbelt.
A high-speed chase on I-66 in Fairfax County injured six people on Aug. 2.
State police said that at 3:05 p.m. a Virginia State Police trooper initiated a traffic stop on a Dodge Charger for driving on the shoulder along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 66. The driver stopped the vehicle near Exit 57, Route 50, in Fairfax.
“A check on the female driver’s information revealed she had an outstanding warrant,” said VSP spokeswoman Corinne Geller.
Geller said that as the trooper was taking the driver, Ericka S. Oliver, 25, into custody, the male passenger inside the Charger jumped into the driver’s seat and fled the scene at an accelerated speed. Oliver was taken into custody without incident and transported to Fairfax County Adult Detention Center on the outstanding warrant.
Meanwhile, another trooper at the scene pursued the fleeing Charger, Geller said.
The car headed east on I-66, got off I-66 at Route 123, took a U-turn on Route 123, and got back onto Route 66 heading east. As the Charger caught up with traffic near Sycamore Street in Arlington County, it struck a Ford Expedition, causing it to spin out. The Charger then rear-ended a Subaru Outback.
The driver of the Charger, Anthony G. McCrae, 33, of Washington, D.C., was taken into custody without further incident. He was transported to Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington for treatment of injuries. McCrae is being held without bail at the hospital on outstanding warrants from Arlington and Prince William counties. Additional charges are pending further investigation by Virginia State Police. Two adults in the Expedition also suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.
There were three male adults in the Outback. Two suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene; one suffered serious injuries and was transported to Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington for treatment. By 5:55 p.m., all eastbound lanes of I-66 were cleared and opened to through traffic.
Kenneth A. Brauckmann, 51, of Springfield was sentenced July 25 to 11 years in federal prison for attempting to coerce and entice two children to engage in illegal sexual activities.
Brauckmann pleaded guilty to the charges May 13.
According to court documents, in November 2013, Brauckmann used a social networking website to contact a user he believed to be a 14-year-old girl, who was in fact an undercover Fairfax County police detective. Through online and text messages with the user, Brauckmann made arrangements to engage in sexual activities with her and her 13-year-old friend in his car, court documents state.
Court records show that Brauckmann then repeatedly requested nude photographs of the two girls.
On Nov. 4, 2013, Brauckmann drove to a movie theater in Fairfax County, where he believed the two girls would meet him, and was arrested, documents state.
In court documents, Brauckmann admitted that he had engaged in similar illicit behavior with actual female children from whom he requested sexual encounters and nude photographs, and that, from January 2005 through his time of arrest, he engaged in multiple sexual conversations with others claiming to be girls between 13 and 16 years old.
— Gregg MacDonald