FBI: Criminals targeting bank, ATM customers in Maryland

BALTIMORE, MD—The FBI and local law enforcement partners are investigating a surge of armed robberies, known as “jugging” crimes, at financial institutions in Maryland. At least 21 bank and ATM customers have been victimized by these crimes just in the first week of July. “Jugging” refers to a crime in which a suspect, or group of suspects, targets customers believed […]

Blink Charging to relocate headquarters, build new production facility in Maryland

BOWIE, MD—Electric vehicle charging company Blink Charging plans to relocate its headquarters to Maryland, Governor Wes Moore announced this week. The company will also build a new production facility in Bowie. The new development will include 15,000 square feet of office space at 17301 Melford Boulevard in Prince George’s County and a 30,000 square foot manufacturing plant at 5081 Howerton […]

Five Marylanders facing federal charges for fraud scheme involving theft of checks from mail

GREENBELT, MD—A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging five Maryland residents with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and bank fraud and related charges in connection with a fraud scheme involving more than 600 stolen checks with a face value of over $5 million. The indictment was returned on December 7, 2023, and unsealed late on January 19, 2024. […]

Maryland physician sentenced in felony Medicaid fraud investigation

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Anthony G. Brown has announced the sentencing of Vitalis Ohakwe Ojiegbe, 68, of Bowie, who pleaded guilty to one count of Medicaid Fraud for writing prescriptions for controlled dangerous substances without a legitimate medical purpose in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County in June. The Honorable Judge Carol Coderre sentenced Ojiegbe to a five-year suspended […]

Maryland’s ‘Operation Washout’ results in 95 fugitive arrests

BALTIMORE, MD—The U.S. Marshals Service Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, District of Maryland, and task force partners conducted a large-scale, multi-agency law enforcement operation focused on apprehending violent fugitives and wanted gang members throughout the month of May, arresting dozens of violent offenders throughout Maryland. Operation Washout – Maryland resulted in a total of 95 fugitive arrests, including 17 […]

Maryland man sentenced to 33 months in prison for $1.2 million bank fraud scheme

BALTIMORE, MD—A Maryland man has been sentenced to prison for his role in a $1.2 million bank fraud scheme. U.S. District Judge George L. Russell, III sentenced Daniel Ongele, 33, of Bowie, to 33 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release. The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. […]

Maryland fraudster sentenced to more than 9 years in prison for his role in $28 million ‘1st Million Dollars’ Ponzi scheme

GREENBELT, MD—A Maryland man has been sentenced to prison for his role in a massive Ponzi scheme. U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang has sentenced John Erasmus Frimpong, 42, of Upper Marlboro, to 114 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud, and securities fraud, in […]