- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A former lawyer has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for embezzling more than $1.6 million from groups including the campaign fund of Virginia Senate Majority Leader Richard Saslaw.

David H. Miller, 71, of Fairfax, was sentenced Friday in federal court in Alexandria. A jury convicted Miller on fraud and other counts last year. Prosecutors say he embezzled not just from Saslaw’s campaign but also from a Canadian business and an autism organization.

Miller’s wife, Linda Wallis, was Saslaw’s campaign treasurer. She was sentenced to nearly five years in prison after pleading guilty to her role in the embezzlement scheme.

The embezzlement from Saslaw’s campaign exceeded $650,000. Saslaw, a Fairfax County Democrat, routinely raises hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, which he uses to help other Democrats.

The 88-month sentence that U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III imposed on Miller, a former trustee at Northern Virginia Community College, was far less than the 210 months sought by prosecutors.



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