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Baltimore man, previously convicted for bank fraud, facing federal charges for filing fraudulent applications for COVID-19 CARES Act loans and unemployment benefits

BALTIMORE, MD—A Baltimore man who was previously convicted on bank fraud and aggravated identity theft charges is now facing federal charges for filing fraudulent applications for COVID-19 CARES Act loans and unemployment benefits. A federal criminal complaint has been filed charging Ryan Dales, 34, with wire fraud, relating to the submission of fraudulent applications for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, a …


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Governor Hogan announces $20 million Water Assistance Relief Program

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced a $20 million Water Assistance Relief Program that will support residents with water bill debt related to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We continue to provide ways—especially during the winter months—to help residents who may have difficulty with their water or heating bills,” said Governor Hogan. “Water systems are encouraged to apply for this funding …


Olszewski announces more than $2.6 million in grants to local community organizations to support pandemic recovery

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Friday announced that Baltimore County and the Baltimore Community Foundation have awarded more than $2.67 million in American Rescue Plan-funded grants to nearly 30 local community-based organizations to support their recovery and enhance efforts to strengthen neighborhood resiliency. “Baltimore County remains committed to helping our residents recover from the long-lasting effects of the …

Governor Hogan announces preliminary FY24 budget plan, health care investments for rural and vulnerable communities [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Thursday announced preliminary recommendations for the state’s Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) budget, a plan that supports continued economic growth and community revitalization, strong fiscal responsibility and budget sustainability, and key investments in critical areas—including expanding access to health care for rural and vulnerable communities. “I pledged to bring fiscal responsibility and common sense to our …

Medicare recipients being targeted with ‘free COVID test’ scam

TOWSON, MD—Local officials say scammers have been targeting Medicare recipients with a fake offer to get “free COVID tests.” The scammers are reportedly calling and running websites, as well as online and television ads to try to convince people to give out their Medicare information. Those who give out their information are seeing fraudulent charges being billed to Medicare. The …

Governor Hogan announces opening of application window for Child Care Stabilization Grants

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan this week announced that the Maryland State Department of Education has opened the application window for the Child Care Stabilization Grant Program and will be accepting applications through Monday, August 29, 2022. Through this program, MSDE will distribute $50 million in state funding to help address the financial burdens and operational challenges faced by child care …

Governor Hogan announces release of Maryland’s 2022 American Rescue Plan recovery report

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan this week announced that the State of Maryland has submitted its 2022 American Rescue Plan, State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) Annual Performance Report to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The report—which details expenditures from March 3, 2021 through June 30, 2022 and includes planned allocations for Fiscal Year 2023—describes the use of the …

Four Maryland residents facing federal indictment for CARES Act COVID-19 unemployment fraud scheme with over $3 million in losses

BALTIMORE, MD—A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging four Maryland residents with federal conspiracy and wire fraud charges related to a CARES Act unemployment insurance fraud scheme with more than $3 million in losses. The indictment was returned on July 13, 2022, and unsealed this week upon the arrests of the defendants. Charged in the indictment are: Tyshawna …