Warner Challenger Has Past Criminal Record
The Fairfax County man who filed to run against Mark R. Warner for the Democratic nomination for the U.S Senate has a past conviction for bank fraud, according to newspaper accounts.
Julien Modica filed paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission Oct. 22 to run for the Senate, which would set up a potential June primary against Warner.
But Julien Modica, chief executive officer of the Brain Trauma Recovery & Policy Institute, used to be known as Julien K. Dilks. Julien Dilks was convicted in federal court in 1994 after he stole over $12,100 from Jefferson National Bank in Charlottesville, according to an article that year in the Roanoke Times.
The Washington Post verified the conviction through court records. In an interview today, Modica admittted he changed his last name in recent years.
Dilks was sentenced to 10 days in jail and four years of supervised release. He also ordered to pay $26,000 in fines and restitution.
Dilks, according to the Roanoke Times article, orchestrated a bank fraud scheme to finance a head injury foundation he founded in Washington. In an interview yesterday, Modica said he received a brain injury as a pole vaulter at Herndon High School in 1976.
Prosecutors said Dilks had numerous checking accounts in banks from Charlottesville to Washington. "He would increase the balance of an account at Jefferson National Bank in Charlottesville by writing checks
on other empty accounts in his name. He would then withdraw money from Jefferson National before the checks could bounce," the Roanoke Times wrote in 1994.
Modica said today he is in the process of getting the conviction overturned.
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