Crime

Kingsville CEO admits to bribing Aberdeen Proving Ground biochemist researcher in exchange for government contracts

BALTIMORE, MD—A Kingsville CEO has pleaded guilty to bribing a researcher at Aberdeen Proving Ground in exchange for government contracts.  John R. Conigliaro, 60, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to bribe a public official. The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Sobocinski of the …


Crime, Sci-Tech

Wife of Maryland nuclear engineer pleads guilty to espionage-related offense

ANNAPOLIS, MD—A Maryland woman has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to communicate Restricted Data related to the design of nuclear-powered warships. Her husband pleaded guilty to the same offense on Monday, February 14th. Diana Toebbe, 46, of Annapolis, was arrested on October 9, 2021, for knowingly and voluntarily joining a conspiracy with her husband, Jonathan Toebbe, to communicate Restricted Data to …


Kingsville, North East men charged in bribery scheme at Aberdeen Proving Ground

BALTIMORE, MD—A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging two men in connection with a bribery scheme at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Jason Edmonds, 43, of North East, has been charged with conspiracy and bribery. Co-defendant John Conigliaro, 60, of Kingsville, was separately charged with conspiracy on February 1, 2022. The Indictment against Edmonds was announced by United States Attorney …

Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office collects over $26 million in civil, criminal actions for U.S. taxpayers in FY 2021

BALTIMORE, MD—U.S. Attorney Erek L. Barron this week announced that financial collections in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 in the District of Maryland reached $26,206,937.09. The U.S. Department of Justice keeps statistics on a fiscal year basis, closing the books each September 30th. “Thanks to the hard work and dedication of employees of the U.S. Attorney’s …

Governor Hogan issues statement following death of General Colin Powell

UPDATE: U.S. and Maryland flags are being flown at half-staff in honor of Gen. Powell. Original story below… —— ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan has issued a statement following the death of General Colin Powell. General Powell’s family on Monday morning announced that he had passed away due to complications from COVID-19. Powell made history by becoming the 12th chairman of …

Nearly 40 Maryland companies, universities working on COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostic tests

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Monday commended the nearly 40 Maryland life sciences companies that are working on developing and manufacturing COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics, improving diagnostic tests, and providing clinical research and technological support to ensure safe and effective health care delivery. The University System of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University have also dedicated millions of dollars toward research, …

Bill honoring veterans assigns portion of MDOT MVA specialty plate fees to Maryland Veterans Trust Fund

NOTTINGHAM, MD—A new law taking effect July 1 benefits Maryland veterans every time certain special vehicle registration plates are purchased from the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA). House Bill 646 was passed in the 2020 Maryland General Assembly session and allocates $10 from the sale of certain plates to Maryland Veterans Trust Fund, a non-emergency, temporary …

Frosh joins lawsuit challenging border wall funding

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Wednesday joined a coalition of 19 attorneys general in filing a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s diversion of  $3.8 billion for the construction of the border wall. In the lawsuit, the coalition argues that the court should again rule that the Department of Defense’s (DOD) diversion of already-allocated funds to the construction …