Former Maryland social media influencer sentenced to 3 years in prison for scheming to obtain over $1.2 million in COVID-19 CARES Act loans

GREENBELT, MD—A Maryland man has been sentenced to prison in connection with a scheme to fraudulently obtain more than $1.2 million in federal relief loans. U.S. District Judge Deborah L. Boardman has sentenced Denish Sahadevan, a/k/a “Danny Devan,” 32, of Potomac, to three years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for wire fraud, aggravated identity theft […]

Baltimore County father and son sentenced for laundering drug trafficking Bitcoin proceeds intended for federal forfeiture

GREENBELT, MD—A father and son have been sentenced to prison for laundering drug trafficking Bitcoin proceeds. U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow has sentenced Joseph Farace, age 72, of Sparks, to 19 months in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release, for a money laundering conspiracy. On January 5, 2023, Judge Griggsby sentenced his son, Ryan Farace, age […]

U.S. Marshals, FBI warn public of imposter scam involving cryptocurrency payment demands

WASHINGTON, DC—The U.S. Marshals Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are alerting the public of several nationwide imposter scams involving individuals claiming to be U.S. marshals, court officers, or other law enforcement officials. They are urging people to report the calls their local FBI office and file a consumer complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, which has the ability […]

New York man arrested after cyberstalking, ‘swatting’ Baltimore County woman

UPDATE: Singh has pleaded guilty to the charges and faces up to ten years in prison. Original story below… —— BALTIMORE, MD—A New York man has been arrested after cyberstalking a Baltimore County woman and threatening to decapitate her. A federal criminal complaint has been filed charging Desmond Babloo Singh, 19, of New York, New York, on the federal charges […]

Maryland Attorney General announces coordinated cryptocurrency crackdown

BALTIMORE, MD – Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced on Wednesday that the Maryland Securities Division is participating in the nationwide Operation Cryptosweep, an initiative of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA). Since the beginning of the year, 35 enforcement actions against Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and cryptocurrency-related investment products have been completed by state and provincial securities […]