Third man arrested in Leesburg bank scammer's death

Donald Deon Clay

Donald Deon Clay

Police in Prince George's County, Md. have arrested a third man in connection with the murder of a Loudoun bank scammer turned jailhouse informant.

Donald Deon Clay, 48, of Manassas, is charged with first- and second-degree murder in the death of Osama El-Atari, who was found shot in his pickup truck Feb. 12 in Upper Marlboro, Md. Police pronounced him dead at the scene.

Police arrested Eric DeAngelo Garris, 29, of Waldorf, and Taqwa Muhammad, 26, of Lusby last month.

The three, according to Prince George's police, targeted El-Atari and robbed him of several items before fleeing the scene.

El-Atari was convicted in 2010 of embezzling more than $71 million from banks across several 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 a 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.

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