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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 …


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IRS releases ‘Get My Payment’ tool to help Americans track stimulus checks

WASHINGTON, DC—Working with the U.S. Treasury Department, the Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday unveiled a new Get My Payment tool with features to let taxpayers check on their Economic Impact Payment date and update direct deposit information. With an initial round of more than 80 million Economic Impact Payments starting to hit bank accounts over the weekend and throughout this …


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 …

U.S. Attorney’s Office, IRS warn taxpayers to be alert for scams related To COVID-19 economic impact payments

BALTIMORE, MD—U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur and Special Agent in Charge Kelly R. Jackson of the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) on Friday warned taxpayers to be alert about possible scams relating to COVID-19, especially in connection with economic impact payments. The announcement is an effort to prevent taxpayers in need from being victimized by criminals using the …

Federal government moves tax filing deadline to July 15

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Americans will have a few extra months to file their taxes due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Friday morning, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced that “Tax Day” had been moved to July 15th. “At (President Trump’s) direction, we are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15,” said Mnuchin. “All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time …

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 …

Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh facing 11-count federal indictment for wire fraud, tax-related charges

UPDATE 2: Federal prosecutors have recommended that the former mayor be sentenced to nearly five years in prison. UPDATE: The former mayor has pleaded guilty to 4 of 11 federal charges. Original story below… —— BALTIMORE, MD—A federal grand jury has indicted Catherine Elizabeth Pugh, 69, of Baltimore, on the federal charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, seven counts …

Maryland State Police warning residents about phone scams

PIKESVILLE, MD – Maryland State Police are warning the public about a reported telephone scam in which the caller cloned a state police number and requested personal information from as part of a “criminal investigation.” A woman called the Maryland State Police on Thursday morning and reported she had received a call in which the caller ID on her phone showed …