Va. scam artist found dead in Prince George's County

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are investigating a Va. scam artist who was shot dead in Prince George's County on Saturday afternoon.  

Police said 37-year-old Osama El-Atari of Leesburg was found inside of a pickup truck suffering from a gunshot wound.

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Officials responded to the 9000 block of Armstrong Lane around 3:40 p.m.  

He was pronounced dead on the scene. 

Police said the victim was reported missing in Loudoun County.

El-Atari was sentenced 12 years in prison in 2010 for a plot that defrauded banks across the country of $53 million.

He also was ordered to pay $53 million in restitution. 

He had pleaded guilty to three counts of bank fraud and one count of money laundering.

According to our partners at the Washington Post, in May 2014, El-Atari was released after serving 51 months of his 144-month sentence.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Prince George's County Police Department's Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call CRIME SOLVERS at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text "PGPD plus your message" to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online. 

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