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Warner Challenger Has Past Criminal Record

Tim Craig

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.


By Tim Craig  |  December 4, 2007; 3:11 PM ET
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You are a jerk for not giving Lowell credit for this.

Posted by: Not Larry Sabato | December 4, 2007 4:19 PM | Report abuse

How do we know who did the legwork on this?

Lowell's post on Raising Kane was at 2:33, 38 minutes before Tim.

If you define a scoop as simply publishing a story first, it doesn't mean that subsequent stories weren't developed independently.

So NLS, did Lowell just scoop Tim? And do the unwritten rules of journalism require him to acknowlegde the scoop if he had developed the same information himself?

I wonder if they both actually owe credit to somebody in Roanoke?

Posted by: NoVA | December 4, 2007 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Mondica/Dilks is he a typical Democrate?

Posted by: CvilleBoy | December 4, 2007 5:27 PM | Report abuse

This can hardly be called a scoop. It doesn't even meet the bar for rudimentary investigative journalism. A simple Google turns up far more inforamtion than this story. For example:

To Whom It May Concern:

Re: Character Reference- Kenneth R Dilks (Dad)

The purpose of this letter is to provide some background and a character reference for Ken who I have known as my father (step) for more than 40 years.

My mother (Irene), brother (Julien) and I first met Ken in England in 1968. My mother later told me that she was immediately impressed with Ken's concern for her sons. After a typical courtship, they were married and we moved to the United States, initially to Minnesota. We did move to several locations through the years. We were adopted in the early seventies.

Julien and I were both very active in athletics, although in different sports. Julien at 14 developed an enthusiasm for pole vaulting and became extremely competitive. He was reaching heights that if something went wrong, and it did, injury could occur. During a practice pole vault on February 4, 1976, he missed the mat and landed on the back of his head (wood over concrete).

My brother was in a coma for a month and physical therapy for many years. He eventually completed high school and attended the US Navel Academy (for only one year). He attended other schools to complete his degree which has not been verified. Julien's mental state since the accident, in my opinion, has deteriorated steadily. His behavior has manifest itself in many ways, but includes verbal abuse, physical violence, illegal activities leading to incarceration and most recently a suicide attempt in 2006. I was located by the attending case worker and asked to come to Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, VA, to assist in his recovery (I tried to get him to accept help as suggested by the hospital staff, unsuccessfully). I believe for many reasons Irene's passing two years ago, has exacerbated his condition.

I have recently become aware of false statements being sent via e-mail to members of South Carolina's Republican Party and others for the purpose of hurting Ken's reputation. This seems to be another phase of my brother's mental health such that these false accusations should be disregarded; Ken has not been the only person to be unfairly slandered. For those who may have had concerns about those e-mails, there is a lot of misplaced anger toward Ken and many others who have tried to help Julien through the years.

As Julien's brother and Ken's son, I am sure you feel how painful this continues to be.


Calvin Dilks

Posted by: Anonymous | December 4, 2007 6:22 PM | Report abuse

You're a jerk Tim!!! Cite it when you steal. I am calling your boss.

Posted by: Mr. Superstar | December 5, 2007 9:56 AM | Report abuse

While it is considered the polite and proper thing to do, bloggers are under no real obligation to cite their sources for their posts. None at all. And while this gray area might get a bit blurry when media outlets enter the blogosphere, they aren't under any greater obligation than anyone else. Especially if they end up doing the grunt work of verifying the tip, whether that tip came from a concerned reader, a blogger, or the man in the moon.

And more thoughts here:

Posted by: Jason | December 5, 2007 10:25 AM | Report abuse

NLS is a fool if he thinks this is "scooping" anybody.

Go stick your nose back up Leslie's rear end where it belongs.

Posted by: Not NLS | December 5, 2007 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Not Larry Sabato,

The reason he didn't give Lowell credit is because he had no idea Lowell was writing on it, too.

I know you tend to be a bit delusional, but if you believe someone can find a story, research it, call the subject of the story for an interview, draft it, write it and then publish it -- all within 38 minutes, you may need to go visit Julien's institute.

The guy announces for Senate, he had an easily researchable past, and multiple people report on it. There's no conspiracy. Calm down. Are you sure you're not upset because it wasn't posted in 70-point type with exclamation points?

Posted by: Donny Ferguson Online | December 5, 2007 12:09 PM | Report abuse

welcome to the party!

Posted by: William Jefferson | December 5, 2007 3:53 PM | Report abuse

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