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 …


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DOJ announces $42 million in funding to combat illegal manufacture, distribution of methamphetamine, opioids

BALTIMORE, MD—The Department of Justice‘s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) on Wednesday announced nearly $42 million in funding to support state-level law enforcement agencies in combating the illegal manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, and prescription opioids. In the District of Maryland, the Maryland State Police will receive $1,175,715 in federal funding to support investigations …


Justice Department awards additional $4.143 million in grants to ten Maryland entities to address public safety during COVID-19 pandemic

BALTIMORE, MD—The Department of Justice has awarded more than $4.143 million to help public safety agencies in Maryland respond to the challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19, as part of the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding program. “These resources will help support law enforcement agencies’ efforts to promote public safety as they face extraordinary challenges as a result of the …

DOJ awards more than than $12 million to help Maryland public safety agencies address COVID-19 pandemic

BALTIMORE, MD—The Department of Justice has awarded more than $12.3 million to help public safety agencies in Maryland respond to the challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19, as part of the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program. “Law enforcement and public safety officials are facing extraordinary challenges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic,” said U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur. …

Former Baltimore police officer from Nottingham facing federal charges for allegedly lying to feds regarding illegal sale of drugs seized during investigation

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Federal criminal documents were filed on Wednesday charging former Baltimore Police Officer Victor Rivera, 48, of Nottingham, with making false statements to a federal law enforcement officer in connection with a scheme to sell three kilograms of cocaine seized during a Baltimore Police Department investigation. Former Baltimore Police officer Ivo Louvado, 46, of Harford County, was previously charged in …

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 …

DOJ makes $850 million available to help public safety agencies address COVID-19 pandemic

BALTIMORE, MD—The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday announced that it is making $850 million available to help public safety agencies respond to the challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19. The Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program, authorized by the recent stimulus legislation signed by President Donald Trump, will allow eligible state, local, and tribal governments to apply immediately for …

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 …