Business, Crime

Maryland Department of Labor uncovers massive criminal fraud scheme

BALTIMORE, MD—The State of Maryland has uncovered a massive and sophisticated criminal enterprise involving more than 47,500 fraudulent unemployment insurance claims in Maryland and totaling over $501 million. The Maryland Department of Labor (Labor) is coordinating with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General (DOL-OIG) to investigate and prosecute individuals. “Since the beginning …


Politics

Frosh: Governor Hogan must reverse course, authorize vote-by-mail

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Friday released a statement calling on Governor Larry Hogan to reverse course and authorize vote-by-mail for the November election, despite the associated risks. The Heritage Foundation‘s voter fraud database, which has been in existence for four years, has surged to 1,285 proven instances of voter fraud in America (fact sheet). Just this …


Four suspects arrested, identified following fraud attempt at Essex bank

ESSEX, MD— Four suspects were arrested on Wednesday after police set up a perimeter around Earhart Road in Essex during a call for a fraud in progress. Three of the suspects fled the TD Bank in the 1800-block of Eastern Boulevard (21221) when police responded at around 11:30 a.m. Officers were told that one of the suspects may have had …

Essex fraud suspects arrested following extensive search

UPDATE: The suspects in this case have been identified by police. Original story below… —— ESSEX, MD—Police in Baltimore County have arrested four suspects responsible for an in-progress fraud in Essex on Wednesday morning. At just before 11:45 a.m., officers responded to the TD Bank located in the 1800-block of Eastern Boulevard (21221) for a report of a fraud in …

Baltimore County Police Department offers tips to avoid online COVID-19 scams

NOTTINGHAM, MD—In recent weeks, there has been an increase in online scams related to COVID-19. These scams use phishing techniques in an attempt to steal personal information and money from victims. The Baltimore County Police Department is providing the following safety tips to help residents navigate COVID-19 information online safely. Never Click an Unfamiliar Link A common trick scammers use …

Maryland Attorney General warns of coronavirus stimulus payment scams

BALTIMORE, MD—The federal government has begun making payments to individuals as authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. These are more commonly known as stimulus payments and will either be made directly into Maryland residents’ bank accounts or via a check delivered by U.S. mail. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh warns that fraudsters are taking advantage …

Attorney General Frosh warns consumers to beware of coronavirus-related investment schemes

BALTIMORE, MD—Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh warned consumers on Tuesday to be wary of an anticipated surge in fraudulent investment schemes. “In these extraordinary times the health and welfare of all must be our foremost concern, and that includes our financial health” said Attorney General Frosh. “Scammers will begin perpetrating schemes that require little …

Attorney General Frosh warns of CARES Act-related fraud schemes

BALTIMORE, MD—On March 27, the federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which aims to provide financial relief to individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in the United States. Key provisions of the act include direct payments to some individuals, based on income (a “stimulus check”); extended unemployment benefits; small business …