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Ex-lawyer sentenced for fraud on senator, others

A former Northern Virginia corporate attorney has been sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for conspiring to defraud state Sen. Richard Saslaw’s campaign war chest as well as a Canadian business and a charity.

David H. Miller, 71, helped his wife, Linda Wallis, plunder the Saslaw political fund while she worked as the senator’s campaign treasurer. Saslaw lost about $653,000, the government said.

Miller worked with Wallis to create two fake law firms that sent fraudulent bills of more than $360,000 to Miller’s employer, a Canadian aviation company. The couple also embezzled more than $600,000 from an autism education nonprofit that Miller co-founded.

Amid comparisons to the more lenient sentencing of Paul Manafort, Alexandria U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III sentenced Miller to 88 months and ordered him to pay $1.6 million in restitution.

At sentencing, Miller continued to maintain his innocence of many of the charges, according to The Washington Post.  He was convicted Oct. 4 by a federal jury.

Miller’s Virginia law license was administratively forfeited in 2018 for nonpayment, according to previous reporting.