Business, Crime, Health

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 …


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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 …

Man who dealt drugs from Parkville apartment sentenced to prison

PARKVILLE, MD—A man who dealt drugs from a Parkville apartment will be going to prison. U.S. District Judge George L. Russell, III on Thursday sentenced Tyrell Daronte Curry, A.K.A. “Mike,” 28, of Baltimore, to 51 months in federal prison, followed by four years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. The sentence …

Middle River man pleads guilty to cocaine distribution charges

BALTIMORE, MD—A Middle River man has pleaded guilty to federal drug charges. Rondell Ronald Hackett, Jr., 34, of Middle River, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to the federal charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine. At the time of his arrest, Hackett was on supervised release for a previous federal drug conviction. The guilty plea was …

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 …

Edgewood man sentenced to 14 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute fentanyl trafficked From Mexican drug cartels

BALTIMORE, MD—U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow has sentenced Nevone McCrimmon, 48, of Edgewood, to 14 years in federal prison; and sentenced co-defendants William Elijah, 52; and Terrance Mobley, 51, both of Baltimore, each to 10 years in federal prison, all followed by five years of supervised release, for the federal charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent …

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 …