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Police: Missing Leesburg man victim of homicide

Osama El-Atari
A Leesburg man reported missing on Thursday was found shot to death inside his pickup truck in Maryland, according to the Prince George's County Police Department.

Police said Osama El-Atari, 37, was found about 3:30 p.m. Friday in the 900 block of Armstrong Lane, according to the department's website.

A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.

El-Atari was convicted in 2010 of embezzling more than $71 million from banks across eight states, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. Authorities say that from December 2007 until April 2008, El-Atari fraudulently borrowed more than $71 million from eight banks in Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee and Ohio.

El-Atari was able to borrow the money by presenting fraudulent life insurance policies as collateral, authorities said.

He pleaded guilty in the lead-up to his conviction.

Before he was sentenced, El-Atari repaid more than $17 million using other fraudulent loans, authorities said.

In August 2010, El-Atari was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison and ordered by U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee to pay back the remaining $53 million.

El-Atari was paroled after serving about 51 months of his 12-year sentence for telling authorities about how a fellow inmate confessed to killing two little girls in Illinois in 2005 and Navy sailor in Arlington in 2009.

El-Atari wore a hidden recorder and became a star witness in convicting Jorge Torrez, a 25-year-old ex-Marine, according to The Washington Post.

Torrez received the death penalty for the Arlington murder.

This is a developing story. Check back to LoudounTimes.com as more information becomes available.


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