Crime, Police/Fire

Maryland man sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for sex trafficking of a child

BALTIMORE, MD—A Cecil County man has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for sex trafficking of a child. On January 17, 2023, U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Xavier Lee, a/k/a “X,” 44, of Elkton, to 150 months in federal prison, followed by 25 years of supervised release, for sex trafficking of a minor. Judge Hollander …


Crime

Maryland man sentenced to more than six years in prison for his role in $28 million Ponzi scheme

GREENBELT, MD—A Maryland man has been sentenced to more than six years in federal prison for his role in a $28 million Ponzi scheme involving “1st Million Dollars” wealth management company. U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang sentenced Arley Ray Johnson, 63, of Bowie, to 78 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy, wire …


Maryland sex offender sentenced to 45 years in prison for sexual exploitation of two minor girls to produce child pornography

BALTIMORE, MD—A Maryland man has been sentenced to 45 years in federal prison for the sexual exploitation of two minor girls to produce child pornography. Chief U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar on Tuesday sentenced Dennis James Harrison, 40, of Rocky Ridge, to 45 years in federal prison, followed by lifetime supervised release, for the sexual exploitation of children to …

Two biotech company presidents indicted in Maryland for securities fraud schemes

BALTIMORE, MD—Two biotech company presidents have been indicted in Maryland in connection with a securities fraud scheme. A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Nader Pourhassan, 59 of Lake Oswego, Oregon, and Kazem Kazempour, 69, of Potomac Maryland, for their roles in schemes to defraud investors in CytoDyn Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company based in Vancouver, Washington. …

Six Baltimore BGF gang members indicted for racketeering, murder, drug trafficking, armed robbery

BALTIMORE, MD—A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging six Baltimore men for conspiring to participate in a violent racketeering enterprise known as the Black Guerilla Family gang. The indictment, which was returned on December 15, 2022 and unsealed on Monday, charges the following defendants: David Warren, a/k/a “Meshawn” and “LA Meshawn,” 30; Barak Olds, 33; Davante Harrison, a/k/a …

Baltimore man sentenced to 15 years in prison for two armed carjackings, attempted armed robbery

BALTIMORE, MD—A Baltimore man will spend time behind bars after committing two armed carjackings and an attempted armed robbery. U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Daquan Murphy, 20, to 15 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for carjacking and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. The sentence was announced by United States …

Former Baltimore SWAT officer sentenced to 25 years in prison for producing child pornography

BALTIMORE, MD—A former Baltimore police officer has been sentenced to more than two decades behind bars. U.S. District Judge Stephanie A. Gallagher on Thursday sentenced Donald Hildebrandt, 52, of Bel Air, to 25 years in federal prison, followed by lifetime supervised release, for sexual exploitation of a child to produce child pornography, and possession of child pornography. The indictment was …

Maryland man sentenced to 24 years for robbing banks after being released from prison for bank robbery

GREENBELT, MD—U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte on Thursday sentenced Christopher Michael Cline, a/k/a “Carisa Cline,” 46, of Gaithersburg, to 24 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, after the defendant pleaded guilty to bank robbery. The defendant also admitted violating two terms of supervised release for previous federal bank robbery convictions. The sentence was announced …