55 years in prison

By Jeff Sheler
The Virginian-Pilot


A 24-year-old Suffolk man faces up to 55 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder in the stabbing death of a 60-year-old woman in her home.

George Eure III pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and the charge of shoot, stab, cut or wound in the July 11 death of Amelia Lou Mustin.

Eure is scheduled to be sentenced May 10. Had the case gone to trial, Eure could have faced up to life in prison, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Will Jamerson said.

In a plea agreement Friday, a third charge of abduction was set aside, Jamerson said.

Jamerson said facts stipulated in court indicated Mustin was stabbed at least 75 times with a knife from her kitchen. Police found her body after a neighbor who had gone to check on her reported the back door was unlocked.

Eure told investigators he and Mustin got into an argument and she came at him with a knife. Eure said he took the knife and turned it on her, Jamerson said.

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FBI — FBI Seeks to Identify Two Individuals Who May Have Information Regarding a Child Sexual Exploitation Investigation

FBI Seeks to Identify Two Individuals Who May Have Information Regarding a Child Sexual Exploitation Investigation

FBI Richmond

February 19, 2013

Media Coordinator/COS Dennette Rybiski

(804) 261-1044

Jeffrey C. Mazanec, Special Agent in Charge of the Richmond Field Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining information to help identify two unknown individuals who may be able to provide valuable details regarding the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation. Photographs and informational posters depicting the unknown individuals are being disseminated to the public and can also be found below:

Wanted poster for John Doe 23 and John Doe 24

Initial images of the child being photographed in sexually explicit positions were first recorded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in February 2003 and are still being circulated in numerous child pornography forums across the Internet.

Clues gathered from images relevant to this case, including a yellow T-shirt containing the outline of a basketball along with the written text “New Market Basketball,” have led to the belief that the individuals with whom the FBI would like to speak might possibly have a connection to one of the following facilities and/or areas:

New Market, Iowa

New Market Elementary School, Indiana

New Market Elementary School, Maryland

East New Market, Maryland

New Market, Virginia

New Market Sports Camp, Virginia

New Market Elementary School, Alabama

New Market Elementary School, Tennessee

New Market Township, Minnesota

New Market Township, Ohio

New Market, North Carolina

New Market, Middlesex County, New Jersey

Also visible in some of the images is a home with what appears to be yellow siding and an above-ground swimming pool. If recognized, these items could assist in providing valuable information leading to the demographic location of the abused child.

These individual’s identities and whereabouts are currently unknown. The first individual is described as a white male, likely between the ages of 25 and 35, with dark hair and glasses.

The second individual is described as a white male, likely between the ages of 35 and 45, with dark hair. The FBI is seeking to find these individuals because it appears they have been in contact with the victim and can assist the FBI with identification efforts. The public is reminded that no charges have been filed in this case, and the pictured individuals are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Anyone with information to provide should contact their local FBI office, submit a tip online at https:https://tips.fbi.gov/, or call the FBI’s toll-free tip line at 1-800- CALL-FBI.

These individuals are being sought as part of the FBI’s Operation Rescue Me and Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP) initiatives, both of which represent strategic partnerships between the FBI and the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children. Operation Rescue Me focuses on utilizing clues obtained through in-depth image analysis to identify the child victims depicted in child exploitation material, while ECAP seeks national and international media exposure of unknown adults (referred to as John/Jane Doe) who visibly display their faces and/or other distinguishing characteristics in association with child pornography images.

via FBI — FBI Seeks to Identify Two Individuals Who May Have Information Regarding a Child Sexual Exploitation Investigation.

FBI — Richmond Man Sentenced for Multi-Million-Dollar Fraud Scheme

Richmond Man Sentenced for Multi-Million-Dollar Fraud Scheme

U.S. Attorney’s Office

February 15, 2013

Eastern District of Virginia

(804) 819-5400

RICHMOND, VA—Allen Mead Ferguson, 75, of Richmond, Virginia, was sentenced today to 14 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release, for mail fraud and money laundering. As part of his sentence, Ferguson was ordered to pay $5,652,555.75 in forfeiture and $2,943,776.53 in restitution.

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Jeffrey C. Mazanec, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Field Office; Thomas J. Kelly, Special Agent in Charge, IRS-Criminal Investigation, Washington DC Field Office; and Gary Barksdale, Inspector in Charge of the Washington Division of the United States Postal Inspection Service, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Henry E. Hudson. Ferguson pled guilty to both counts on November 14, 2012.

“Mr. Ferguson was a prominent member of the Richmond community who chose to steal millions of dollars to maintain his social status,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “Today’s sentence sends a message that regardless of one’s position in life, no one is above the law.”

“Through fraud and deception, Mr. Ferguson was able to obtain an excess of $5.6 million dollars from a number of financial institutions,” said FBI SAC Mazanec. “The public should be reminded to completely and accurately file their information with financial institutions. Today’s sentencing strongly demonstrates the penalty associated with lying to a financial institution.”

“No matter what your position, it is unacceptable to submit false information to a financial institution in an effort to secure a loan,” said IRS-CI SAC Kelly. “Today’s sentencing is a reminder that status and prominence will not protect you from federal prosecution or imprisonment.”

According to court documents, from about February 2006 through April 2010, Ferguson made material misrepresentations and omissions on personal financial statements submitted to various federally insured financial institutions. On these financial statements, he knowingly and intentionally stated, among other things, that he had: (a) $1 million in deferred compensation; and/or (b) $2 million in Virginia tax-free bonds. In fact, as Ferguson was aware, he had not had any deferred compensation since 1998 and had not owned $2 million in Virginia tax-free bonds since at least January 2009. In reliance on these false financial statements, the federally insured financial institutions extended various promissory notes and loans to Ferguson. In 2011, Ferguson filed for bankruptcy. At that time, the federally insured financial institutions were owed $5,652,555.75. As a result of the bankruptcy proceeding, the financial institutions received some compensation but, at the time of sentencing, still had a loss totaling $2,943,766.53.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Internal Revenue Service. Assistant United States Attorney Jessica Aber Brumberg prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at https://www.justice.gov/usao/vae.

via FBI — Richmond Man Sentenced for Multi-Million-Dollar Fraud Scheme.

Richmond City Workers Theft Allegations

City workers on leave amid theft investigation

Posted on: 11:51 pm, January 21, 2013, by updated on: 07:36am, January 23, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)–Richmond Public School leaders confirm that 11 employees of the school maintenance department, Plant Services, have been placed on administrative leave after reports of stealing at a school site soon set to be demolished.

CBS 6 has learned the employees were called to the Arthur Ashe building Friday afternoon and notified about their change in employment status.

“There was some information brought to the attention of the administration and it involved some employees doing things that they shouldn’t have done,” said Jeff Bourne, Richmond School Board Chair.

Bourne said he was disappointed to learn that nearly a dozen school maintenance employees were are being investigated for stealing, stealing from inside a Richmond Public School building.

“Being trustworthy and honest, doing our jobs with the utmost professionalism is paramount,” said Bourne

The incident is reported to have occurred at the Old Broad Rock Elementary School,  a building set to be demolished and replaced with a brand new school that sits adjacent to the old one.

School leaders confirm that allegations brought to them indicate that the employees stole copper from inside the building. It could potentially be worth thousands of dollars.

“There may need to be some involvement from the Richmond police,” said Bourne.

We’re told police have been notified and that Superintendent Yvonne Brandon had a hand in putting the employees on leave. Bourne does not know if the copper can be recovered but says he is eager to find out what happened. Bourne contends schools are no place for waste or abuse.

“As public employees we are paid for and we have a job because of tax dollars,” said Bourne.

CBS 6 has learned that the first reports of the copper theft came from a contractor working on the demolition of the building. That contractor was unavailable for comment Monday night.

Suffolk woman pleads guilty to $294,000 Medicaid fraud

Suffolk woman pleads guilty to $294,000 Medicaid fraud

By Tara Bozick, 757-247-4741 Daily Press4:14 p.m. EST, February 19, 2013

The owner of a Suffolk home health care service pleaded guilty in federal court in Norfolk Tuesday to defrauding the Virginia Medicaid program of $294,000, according to a news release.

Angie L. Gilchrist, 57, of Suffolk faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride. She is scheduled for sentencing on May 22.

Gilchrist, who owned A-Z Alpha Omega In-Home Personal Care Service LLC, filed about 385 false claims with Virginia Medicaid, according to the news release. The company falsely claimed providing respite care for 38 Medicaid recipients when no care was provided, according to the release.

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Child Abuse

Child Abuse 

Child abuse occurs all too often and can occur in a wide variety of forms. Although each state describes the act of child abuse and neglect differently almost all states recognize four common types of abuse and neglect on children such as sexual abuse, emotional abuse, child neglect and physical abuse. Sadly, when children are abused by their parents or caretakers you tend to find a combination of these types of abuse occurring within the home. Most Jurisdictions in Virginia consider parental substance abuse and abandonment as a form of child abuse as well.

Physical abuse is when a child is physically harmed in a non-accidental manner which can range from severe injuries to minor bruises and injuries. These injuries are typically caused from physical violence from a parent or caregiver due to hitting, punching, throwing, kicking, biting, hitting with an object, burning, beating or shaking a child whom the caregiver holds primary responsibility for. Even if the parent or caregiver did not mean to hurt the child by their actions, if bodily injury occurrs then it is considered to be physical abuse. Spanking a child is not considered to be physical abuse as long as it is within reasonable limitations and does not cause bodily harm to the child.

Child neglect is another common form of abuse and occurs when the caregiver or parent does not do what is required in order to meet the basic needs of the child. Child neglect can take on many forms such as failing to provide adequate food or shelter, lack of supervision, failure to provide necessary medical care or treatment, failure to provide the needed special education for a child with special needs, failure to properly educate a child by not sending them to school or due to consistent truancy, failure to attend to the emotional needs of the child and allowing the child to perform inappropriate activities such as consuming alcohol or drugs. Although in some cases the religious beliefs, cultural values and poverty may be considered when determining if these actions are considered to be child neglect.

Sexual abuse is a form of child abuse that is especially heinous and occurs when a parent or caregiver performs inappropriate sexual actions with a child in their care. Penetration, fondling of a child, incest, indecent exposure, rape, exploitation and sodemy are all forms of sexual abuse in a child. Any form of incest, sexual exploitation, prostitution or molestation by a parent relative or caregiver is considered to be a form of child sexual abuse and is a prosecutable offense in all states!

The last type of child abuse that we will discuss is emotional abuse and occurs when a pattern of consistent behavior causes harm to the emotional development of the child. This can be a variety of things such as constant yelling, criticism, rejection and threats or withholding love, guidance and support as a form of punishment. This type of child abuse is often hard to prove and makes it extremely hard for child protection services to remove the child from the situation unless the abuse is able to be proven to cause mental harm, injury or long term emotional damage to the child.

Article Written by John Morse

Jodi Arias

Has anyone followed this case at all?

Innocent or Guilt is still to be decided by a Jury, however in my opinion, this woman could not be a worse witness.  Has her Attorney failed her by allowing her to get her on the stand?

Jodi Arias weeps in Arizona death penalty case as testimony turns to killing of lover

Published March 01, 2013

Associated Press

PHOENIX –  Jodi Arias sobbed uncontrollably, burying her face in her hands as a prosecutor relentlessly questioned her about the day she stabbed and shot her lover to death then methodically went about covering her tracks.

“Ma’am, were you crying when you were shooting him?” prosecutor Juan Martinez snapped.

“I don’t remember,” Arias replied, weeping.

“Were you crying when you were stabbing him?” Martinez asked.

“I don’t remember,” Arias said softly.

“How about when you cut his throat, were you crying then?” the prosecutor asked loudly.

Thursday’s testimony was the most dramatic in the widely watched death penalty trial that has captured headlines nationwide for weeks with salacious tales of raunchy sex, betrayal and a bloody killing.

Arias, 32, is charged in the June 2008 death of her lover in his suburban Phoenix home. She says she was forced to fight for her life after Travis Alexander attacked her, but police say she planned the killing in a jealous rage. Arias initially told authorities she had nothing to do with Alexander’s death, then later blamed it on masked intruders before settling on self-defense.

Testimony resumes next week after Martinez concluded his cross-examination Thursday.

He has been working to chip away at her numerous stories over four days of intense questioning, during which she has admitted to lying repeatedly. She says she was too scared and ashamed to tell the truth sooner, but Martinez has pointed out how she was meticulously planning an alibi immediately after the killing.

She dumped the gun in the desert, got rid of her bloody clothes, tried to clean the scene at his home and even left Alexander a voicemail on his mobile phone within hours of killing him.

Arias admitted she was trying not to get caught.

“There would be no other reason to leave a dead man a telephone message would there?” Martinez noted.

“Um, that was my goal,” Arias replied.

Alexander’s body was found crumpled in his shower about five days later. He had been stabbed and slashed 27 times, had his throat slit and was shot in the forehead.

Arias says she recalls little from the day of the killing.

She said Alexander lunged at her after she dropped his new camera while taking nude photos of him after a day of sex. She said he body-slammed her and chased her around the house. She grabbed a gun from his closet and fired it as they tussled, but she has no recollection of stabbing him. Arias said she disposed of the gun in the desert, then went to visit a man in Utah, acting as if nothing had happened in an attempt to throw off suspicion.

“I was terrified,” Arias said.

But as she stammered trying to answer questions, Martinez hammered her over photos taken by police at the scene of the killing that appeared to contradict some of her testimony.

Arias said Alexander was angrily charging her “like a linebacker” when she hurriedly reached for his gun on a shelf in his closet, yet Martinez pointed out in the photos how nothing seemed to be disturbed, not a shoe or tie out of place after what she described as a frantic fight.

Martinez then had Arias imitate for jurors how she says Alexander charged at her. She stood from the witness stand, bent over, lowered her head and stretched out her arms as if she was trying to tackle someone.

Arias says Alexander had grown physically abusive prior to the attack yet no witnesses have testified and jurors have seen no evidence indicating he had ever been violent in the past, no mention of abuse in numerous text messages, emails and recorded phone calls between Arias and the victim.

“Nowhere in those text messages does he ever threaten you physically, does he?” Martinez asked.

Arias paused briefly, apparently thinking out loud: “Hmmm, no.”

Martinez also noted how Arias maintained for several years after the killing that Alexander didn’t even own a gun, accusing her of only making up that story to help her get off.

“Yes, years it took me to admit it,” Arias acknowledged.

Authorities, however, don’t believe he had a weapon.

Arias’ grandparents had reported a .25 caliber handgun stolen from their Yreka home in Northern California about a week before Alexander’s death — the same caliber used to shoot him — yet she said she didn’t even know her grandfather had the weapon.

“You brought the gun from Yreka, didn’t you?” Martinez said sharply.

“No,” Arias replied.

The two traded barbs as Martinez tried to get Arias to recall more details from the moments after she said she shot him.

“I don’t remember anything after that point,” Arias said.

“No, you don’t remember a single solitary thing after that right?” Martinez said almost sarcastically.

She replied that she only recalled “pieces.”

Martinez then hit her with repeated questions about what she did when she left Alexander’s home, noting if she was in a “fog,” as she said, how could she have had the foresight to begin covering her tracks.

“Why would you even think of taking the gun unless you really knew what was going on?” he asked.

“I can only speculate because I don’t remember,” Arias said.

Martinez later displayed a photograph of Alexander’s body, his back covered in stab wounds.

“If he’s being stabbed in the back, would you acknowledge at that point that he’s no threat to you?” Martinez asked.

“I don’t know,” Arias replied crying.

“How could he possibly be a threat to you?” the prosecutor continued.

“I can only guess. I don’t know what you’re asking me,” Arias responded.

“All of these lies, ma’am, are meant for your benefit so you can escape responsibility,” Martinez noted at one point.

Arias looked back confused.

“You would have been satisfied to avoid any responsibility for the killing of Mr. Alexander, wouldn’t you?” Martinez said.

Arias paused again before replying: “Relieved.”

Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/03/01/jodi-arias-weeps-in-arizona-death-penalty-case-as-testimony-turns-to-killing/#ixzz2MJXwzOIU


Working as a Private Investigator

For decades, fictional characters such as Sherlock Holmes and Magnum P.I. have glorified the private investigator turning them into a hot commodity. Although private investigators can be tasked with some exciting cases, their main responsibility is to uncover the facts and bring justice to their clients.

“Media portrayal of private investigators is far more exotic than the actual day-to-day dynamics,” says Roger Humber, director of the Criminal Justice department at South University, Montgomery. “The typical day will depend on the case or service that the PI has contracted to perform.”

Instead of being inspired by fictional private investigators, John Morse, owner of Morse Investigation Services, decided to open his own firm after hiring an investigation professional to do work for him more than 10 years ago.

“I found the experience horrible,” Morse says. “I knew a lot of the tricks of the industry and knew I could do a better job.”

Morse had to put in a lot of hard work in order to get his firm started.

In Virginia, where his firm is located, he says candidates for private investigator jobs are required to meet certain guidelines and minimum training requirements.

He had prior experience running a business and managing people, which he says helped him to avoid some of the common pitfalls of starting a new business.

When hiring private investigators to add to his staff, Morse says he has found that no matter what is taught in a classroom or read in a book, there is no replacement for actual experience.

“Sometimes life experience in general is more than enough,” Morse says.

Media portrayal of private investigators is far more exotic than the actual day-to-day dynamics.

When a firm is staffed with good, hard-working, knowledgeable investigators, Morse says providing good customer service is probably the single most important aspect of managing a private investigation firm.

“You must manage your clients’ budget, expectations, and ensure that your client is kept up to date,” Morse says. “Managing a large caseload and multiple investigators is an arduous task. We utilize cloud base case management that allows our investigators to update a case in real time. This has proved to be a wise investment and has saved countless man hours.”


As a private investigator, Morse says his work hours can often be long and unpredictable.

“If an investigator is not careful you will end up working nearly 24 hours a day,” he says. “There are cases that can only be worked at times when the only people that should be awake are the law and the outlaw. People under investigation typically mess up when it is least convenient for you as an investigator to respond. That is why it is so important to be able and ready to drop what you are doing and go after your subject without notice.”

Morse says his firm primarily focuses on family law cases.

“However we have had great success with cold case murders, criminal defense cases, and personal injury cases,” he says.


Gabriele Suboch, an adjunct Criminal Justice instructor at South University, Online, says private investigator jobs span a wide variety of specialties, ranging from divorce to fraud. And that they mainly focus on civil issues, as the police are typically responsible for criminal cases.

“The PI is not allowed to make an arrest,” Suboch says.

Suboch says private investigators are commonly retired law enforcement officers, mostly detectives.

She says a private investigator must have good interview, computer, photography and interpersonal skills, in addition to a firm understanding of laws regarding what you can do and where you can go without a search warrant.

“A weapons permit is also strongly recommended,” Suboch says.

She also notes the importance of private investigators being knowledgeable in their line of work, so they can recognize everything they will need to do for an investigation to be a success.

Humber says the private investigation profession is not as strictly regulated as publicly funded criminal justice entities.

“There are no universal minimum standard criteria for someone interested in pursuing this career field,” Humber says. “For example, in Alabama there is currently no statewide regulation or requirement for someone wishing to become a PI.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) most states do require a private investigator to have a license, but specific laws vary according to each state.

Most states also require private investigators carrying a handgun to meet additional requirements, according to the BLS.

A private investigator specializing in negligence or criminal defense investigation can obtain the Certified Legal Investigator certification, offered by the National Association of Legal Investigators to demonstrate expertise in the field, says the BLS. Investigation professionals with a security specialization can also get a Professional Certified Investigator certification from ASIS International.

According to the BLS, private investigator jobs are expected to experience a 21% increase between 2010 and 2020. This is due to increasing security concerns and the need to keep property and confidential information secure.

Advances in technology have also led to an increasing number of cyber crimes, including identity theft, spamming, internet scams, and financial and insurance fraud, which has assisted in the demand for private investigators, says the BLS.

Author: Laura Jerpi

– See more at: https://source.southuniversity.edu/working-as-a-private-investigator-94217.aspx#sthash.4qjfVG6o.dpuf


Richmond Private Investigator appointed to PIAVA Board of Directors

Well known Richmond Virginia Private Investigator, John Morse of Morse Investigation Services, LLC has been appointed to the Board of Directors of PIAVA and joins other distinguished members.

Virginia, Feb 26, 2013 — Morse Investigation Services is please to announce that its founder, John Morse , has been appointed to the board of directors of the The Private Investigators Association of Virginia, Inc. (PIAVA)

The Private Investigators Association of Virginia, Inc. (PIAVA) is a professional association of Private Investigators who are individually registered with the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) in the Commonwealth of Virginia in accordance with Virginia statute; and, in turn, of private security service businesses that have been licensed by DCJS to provide investigative services in the Commonwealth of Virginia to the public.

In a message sent out to the active members of PIAVA by current President Phil Becnel “I’m very proud to announce that we appointed a new member to our Board last Thursday: John Morse with Morse Investigation Services, LLC in Richmond. Welcome aboard, John!” Says Phil Becnel President of PIAVA

The PIAVA Board consists of four positions voted for by members and three positions appointed by the elected Board, including the Executive Director position. Our current Board consists of the following:

President: Philip Becnel

Vice President: Mickey Lasky

Treasurer: Margaret Kerr-McKown

Secretary: Bob Mrak (replaced Linda Buczek)

Appointed Board Members

Executive Director: Ron McKown

Director: Ed Leary

Director: John Morse

” I am truly grateful for the chance to serve on the Board and looks forward to assisting the PIAVA in moving forward with its current goals.” – John Morse