Prominent Northern Va. businessman sentenced for $20 million fraud

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A prominent Northern Virginia businessman has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for multiple fraud schemes that cheated investors out of roughly $20 million.

Todd Hitt, 54, of Arlington, Virginia, pleaded guilty earlier this year in federal court in Alexandria to soliciting investments in building projects as part of what amounted to a Ponzi scheme. He used some of the investors’ money on personal expenses, such as vacations and sports tickets.

The sentence imposed Friday was jointly recommended by prosecutors and defense lawyers.

Hitt apologized for his actions at Friday’s hearing.

Prosecutors said Hitt’s family helped make restitution to cheated investors.

Hitt has been involved in numerous real estate projects in Northern Virginia. His family founded Hitt Contracting, a major construction firm in Northern Virginia.

Neal Augenstein

Neal Augenstein has been a reporter at WTOP since 1997. Through the years, Neal has covered many of the crimes and trials that have gripped the region. Neal's been pleased to receive awards over the years for hard news, feature reporting, use of sound and sports.

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