Crime

Carney man pleads guilty to child pornography charges

BALTIMORE, MD—A Baltimore County correctional officer from Carney pleaded guilty to child pornography charges on Monday. Thomas Michael Mannion Jr., 46, of Carney, pleaded guilty in federal court to two counts of production of child pornography and admitted to engaging in sexually explicit conduct with two minor victims. The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District …


Crime

DOJ charges elder fraud defendants nationwide and launches hotline

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur joined Attorney General William P. Barr, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray, and Chief Postal Inspector Gary R. Barksdale this week in announcing the largest coordinated sweep of elder fraud cases in history. This year, prosecutors charged more than 400 defendants, far surpassing the 260 defendants charged in cases as part of last year’s …


Former Mayor Pugh sentenced to three years in prison

BALTIMORE, MD—Catherine Pugh has been sentenced to prison. On Thursday afternoon, a federal judge sentenced the former Baltimore mayor to three years in federal prison followed by three years of probation. Pugh was indicted by a grand jury on November 14 of last year. She pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud, conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and …

Baltimore man convicted in connection with carjacking ring that operated in Baltimore County

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Friday announced the conviction of a Baltimore man on charges connected to a violent carjacking ring. Justin Scroggings, 25, of Baltimore, was part of a ring that operated in multiple counties in Maryland. Following a bench trial, Scroggings was found guilty of common law conspiracy, participating in a theft scheme of over …

Parkville resident among 15 indicted on racketeering, drug charges at Jessup Correctional Institution

GREENBELT, MD—A federal grand jury has indicted 15 defendants on federal racketeering and drug conspiracy charges at the Jessup Correctional Institution, including correctional officers, inmates, and outside “facilitators,” for allegedly paying bribes to correctional officers to smuggle contraband, including narcotics, alcohol, tobacco, and cell phones into the prison. The indictment was returned on February 5, 2020, and made public on …

Attorney General William Barr announces launch of Operation Relentless Pursuit

Baltimore, MD—On Wednesday, Attorney General William P. Barr announced the launch of Operation Relentless Pursuit, an initiative aimed at combating violent crime in seven of America’s most violent cities—including Baltimore—through a surge in federal resources. Joined at a press conference in Detroit, Michigan, by ATF Acting Director Regina Lombardo, DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and United …

Baltimore man pleads guilty to White Marsh bank robbery, Middle River liquor store robbery

Baltimore, MD—A Baltimore man has pleaded guilty to charges related to a bank robbery in White Marsh and a liquor store robbery in Middle River. Anthony Eugene Wiggins, 40, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty this week in federal court to a string of robberies, including five bank robberies and five armed robberies at liquor stores, committed between September 24, 2018 and …

Maryland announces new nationwide FBI tipline to gather info about MS-13 gang crimes

Greenbelt, MD—Maryland is the first District to announce a new nationwide FBI tipline, 1-866-STP-MS13 (1-866-787-6713), to gather information about the criminal activities of the MS-13 gang. To help publicize the tipline and encourage people who may have information about the gang to call, a Spanish-language public service announcement was also debuted on Tuesday. “This new tipline adds to our tool …