Crime

U.S. Navy intelligence software engineer pleads guilty to conspiracy to distribute, possess illegal steroids

GREENBELT, MD—Justin Ryan Best, age 46, of Laurel, Maryland, this week pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Special Agent in Charge James R. Mancuso of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Baltimore; and Special Agent in …


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Man who stole more than $16,000 in cryptocurrency, orchestrated SWAT attack pleads guilty to aggravated identity theft

BALTIMORE, MD—A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft charges in connection with his involvement in a “SIM swap” and cryptocurrency theft scheme. Kyell Bryan, 20, of Kingston, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to the charges on Tuesday. The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Special Agent in Charge James …


Maryland authorities seize two domains attempting to mimic Walmart website, purporting to sell experimental COVID-19 treatment

BALTIMORE, MD—The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland has seized “http://pharmacywalmart.com” and “https://stromectol-ivermectin.com” which on June 16, 2021 resolved to “https://en.pharmacywalmart.com/buy-stromectol-usa.html.”  The websites contained numerous uses of the legitimate Walmart trademarked logo and appears to attempt to mimic a legitimate Walmart website. The fraudulent websites allegedly offers for sale a number of drugs for the experimental and unapproved treatment …

Traffic on Maryland roads, highways begins to exceed pre-pandemic levels

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Marylanders are returning to roadways, airways, and other forms of travel in numbers approaching pre-pandemic levels, marking major milestones for state transportation, tourism and economic recovery. “Holiday travel during the Fourth of July Weekend exceeding 2019 levels is an important milestone signaling our state’s strong recovery from the pandemic,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Traffic volumes are exceeding pre-pandemic levels …

Baltimore man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for sex trafficking four minors in Baltimore County hotel room

BALTIMORE, MD—A Baltimore man has been sentenced to federal prison for sex trafficking four minors in a Baltimore County hotel room. U.S. District Court Judge George J. Hazel sentenced Sean Dean, 29, to 10 years in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of a minor. Judge Hazel also ordered that, …

Members of drug trafficking ring sentenced to over 9 years in prison for Baltimore County cocaine distribution conspiracy

BALTIMORE, MD—Several men who were members of a drug trafficking ring are being sent prison after distributing cocaine in Baltimore County. U.S. District Judge George L. Russell, III has sentenced Tony Lee Bauer, 39, of Baltimore, 110 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine as …

Parkville resident facing federal indictment for dating, business email compromise scams with alleged losses of more than $2.3 million

PARKVILLE, MD—A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging three defendants on federal charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and aggravated identity theft. Noel Chimezuru Agoha, 37, of Baltimore; Sessieu Ange Oulai, 34, of Parkville; and Kelechi Arthur Ntibunka, 32, of Essex, are all facing federal charges. The indictment was returned on March …

Baltimore County man pleads guilty in scheme to steal digital currency, social media accounts

UPDATE: Milleson’s co-defendant has also pleaded guilty to numerous charges. Original story below… —— BALTIMORE, MD—A Timonium man has pled guilty in federal court on charges of aggravated identity theft in connection with with schemes to use the identity information of victims to steal digital currency and social media accounts. Chief U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar sentenced Jordan K. …