Crime

Parkville, Essex, Baltimore men sentenced for $1.5M fraud scheme

BALTIMORE, MD—The Department of Justice has announced that a Baltimore man has been sentenced to 40 months in prison for his role in a series of fraud schemes that attempted to steal more than $1.5 million from his victims.  Men from Parkville and Essex were also sentenced as part of this case. The announcement states that 40-year-old Noel Chimezuru Agoha …


Crime

Maryland debt-scam duo sentenced to 12 years behind bars

GREENBELT, MD—A Gaithersburg woman was sentenced to 12 years in prison after she and a co-defendant promised to eliminate debt, but instead took people’s money. Mary Ann Mendoza, 51, and Willie Lamont Hicks, 52, told people they could discharge mortgage, credit card, and car loan debt for them, but only if they paid a percentage of their outstanding debt to …


Former Maryland bank employee used position to commit identity theft, bank fraud

GREENBELT, MD—A former bank employee has been convicted in a federal court in Greenbelt for conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft. Jalen Craig McMillan, 30, of Jessup, faces a maximum prison sentence of 30 years for the conspiracy and for each count of bank fraud. He will also serve a mandatory prison sentence of two …

Baltimore firearms trafficker sentenced to 42 months in prison

BALTIMORE, MD—A Baltimore-area firearms trafficker has been sentenced to prison. Chief U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar has sentenced Mark Ryals, 35, Baltimore, to 42 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for unlicensed dealing in firearms. The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Special Agent in …

Federal jury convicts former Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby

GREENBELT, MD—A federal jury has convicted Marilyn J. Mosby, 44, of Baltimore, on the federal charge of making a false mortgage application when she was Baltimore City State’s Attorney. The charges stem from the purchase of a condominium in Long Boat Key, Florida. The jury acquitted her of making a false mortgage application related to her purchase of a home …

Baltimore County serial fraudster sentenced to 5 years in prison, ordered to pay $4.2 million in restitution

BALTIMORE, MD—A Baltimore County resident has been sentenced to prison for wire fraud. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett has sentenced Adeyanju Adewale, 40, of Reisterstown, to five years in federal prison, followed by one year of home detention as part of three years of supervised release, for a wire fraud conspiracy that resulted in a loss of millions of …

Baltimore man sentenced to 22 years in prison for producing child pornography

BALTIMORE, MD—A Baltimore man has been sentenced to prison for producing child pornography. U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander this week sentenced Jose Hilario Aldana-Moreno, 37, of Baltimore, Maryland, to 22 years in federal prison, followed by 40 years of supervised release, for sexual exploitation of a child to produce of child pornography. Judge Hollander also ordered that, upon his …

Three individuals charged in $1.89 billion cryptocurrency fraud scheme

Baltimore, MD—Three individuals have been charged in U.S. District Court in Maryland for orchestrating a $1.89 billion cryptocurrency fraud scheme. A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Sam Lee, 35, an Australian citizen residing in the United Arab Emirates for allegedly co-founding HyperFund, also known as HyperTech, HyperCapital, HyperVerse, and HyperNation. The indictment was returned on January 25, …