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Bible college leases Greenbelt property

Lancaster (Pa.) Bible College has leased 18,575 square feet to occupy the first floor of Patriot Business Park East in Greenbelt. The college is leasing the space from Washington Property Co. to accommodate its acquisition of the academic programs of Washington Bible College and Capital Bible Seminary, according to a statement from Cushman & Wakefield, which represented the college.

Starting March 1, Lancaster will shift Capital Bible’s classes from Lanham to the Greenbelt property. The new space will have a center for adult learners, with programs ranging from non-degree through doctoral levels available in various formats. Lancaster has 1,175 undergraduate and 417 graduate students.

Former loan officer guilty of identity theft

Kenneth H. DiPasquale, 37, a former loan officer at a Landover mortgage lender, pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Virginia to conspiracy to several fraud charges and identity theft.

The charges involved the sale of his own house to a buyer whose identity he had stolen and to whom he “sold” the property for a profit of about $320,000, according to federal prosecutors.

DiPasquale, of Morgantown, W.Va., was a loan officer at Citywide Mortgage in 2007, according to court records. He used his position to falsify loans for borrowers who had not even applied for them and who had no idea their names and identities were being used for the transactions.

When DiPasquale could not sell his own Bowie home in October 2007, he stole the identity of a person living in Arlington, Va., and “sold” the person his house, according to court records. The sale involved fraudulent loan documents and an associate playing the role of the buyer at the closing. The victim learned of the sale when the loans defaulted and the lenders came collecting. A homeowners association also sued the victim for unpaid dues.

DiPasquale pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail, wire and bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. He faces up to 32 years in prison when he is sentenced May 10.

Lyle C. Williams, the associate who aided DiPasquale, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and identity theft charges and is to be sentenced Feb. 15.

Report cites economic contributions of hospitals

Maryland hospitals employ almost 100,000 people and create more than $26 billion in economic activity annually, according to a report released Jan. 24 by the American Hospital Association.

The hospitals indirectly support an additional 205,930 jobs elsewhere in the state through employee and administrative spending. They spend more than $6 billion on wages and benefits and about $13 billion on goods and services from other businesses annually. The data are from 2011.

Prince George’s County hospitals include the Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, Laurel Regional Hospital, Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham and MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital in Clinton.

Fed survey: Activity flat this month

Business activity in Maryland was flat in January, according to the Federal Reserve’s latest survey of state business executives.

The general business activity index was minus-2, down 9 points from December. The sales index inched up to Business expenditures on services and capital investment were flat.

Labor market conditions weakened, with more respondents saying they shed workers then added workers in January. Input costs continued to outpace output prices. Still, expectations in the near future remained positive, with 45 percent of respondents expecting greater business activity in six months, versus 12 percent expecting a fall-off.

The monthly survey is sent to about 160 representative business contacts; typically, about 75 respond.

Executive gets 2 years in tax case

Alphonso Tillman, 44, of Fort Washington was sentenced Jan. 23 by U.S. District Judge George L. Russell III in Greenbelt to two years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for failing to account for withholding employee payroll taxes to the tune of $2.2 million from the Internal Revenue Service, federal prosecutors announced.

Tillman also was ordered to pay $2.2 million in restitution.

Tillman, president and owner of Remote Surveillance Technology Solutions and its successor, Remote Surveillance Technology Services of Landover, provided security guards to protect commercial and residential properties in the Greater Washington, D.C., area, according to his plea agreement. Both companies withheld taxes from their employees’ paychecks, including federal income taxes, Medicare and Social Security taxes, which the companies were required to pay to the IRS on a periodic basis. Tillman also failed to file the required forms or pay the payroll taxes due for the companies, with the exception of payments the IRS secured through collection efforts.

From 2005 to 2008, Tillman’s crimes cost the IRS $2.2 million, prosecutors said.

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