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Donations to Loudoun sheriff’s campaigns spur questions among critics, officials

• Washington Post

Osama El-Atari, a restaurateur known for his flashy style and expensive sports cars, was sentenced to two days in the Loudoun County jail for driving on a suspended license.

But El-Atari never served the two days. He was booked into the Adult Detention Center in Leesburg at 7 a.m. on May 22, 2007. And by 8:13 a.m., he was a free man, according to law enforcement records obtained by The Washington Post.
The previous day, Loudoun County Sheriff Stephen O. Simpson’s reelection campaign deposited a $5,000 check from

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