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Brazen Alexandria Con Man Pleads Guilty

Man faces 40 years behind bars

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David Lee Parker of Alexandria was so prolific that he earned backhanded praise from U.S. attorneys.
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David Lee Parker of Alexandria was so prolific that he earned backhanded praise from U.S. attorneys.

An Alexandria man is facing more than 40 years behind bars for a series of brazen fraudulent schemes that defrauded not just strangers, but his own family as well.

Prosecutors say David Lee Parker talked his girlfriend into handing over $90,000 to relieve him from an employment contract with the French government -- a deal that never existed. He opened fraudulent lines of credit using the names of his elderly grandmother and his teenage daughter. He misrepresented his background in intelligence to get a job that gave him access to computers at the National Security Administration. He even conned two investors into handing over $120,000 in a cooked up scheme to open a Hard Times Café in Europe.

"He's a good liar, able to forge documents that look very real to give people that calm assurance that they are dealing with somebody on the up and up," says Peter Carr, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office.

Parker entered a guilty plea yesterday, and he's scheduled for sentencing in May.

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