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No verdict yet in Ebersole fraid trial

June 20, 2003|by Northern Virginia Daily

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A U.S. District Court jury deliberated for more than six hours Thursday, but did not reach a verdict on 28 counts of wire fraud and making false statements to government agencies lodged against the owner of a Stephenson, Va., business that trains dogs to detect drugs and explosives.

Jurors broke off deliberations for the night at 6 p.m. in the case against Russell Ebersole, 43, of Washington County.

Prosecutors say he was paid more than $700,000 in 2001 and 2002 by five government agencies, including the State Department and the Federal Reserve, as those agencies tried to provide security for their buildings and employees after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But they allege the dogs could not detect explosives.

The jury was to resume deliberations at 9:30 a.m. today.

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