Crime, Police/Fire

Baltimore gang member who brandished stolen firearm during robbery sentenced to over 15 years in prison

BALTIMORE, MD—Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Ridgley Shipley, a/k/a “Crazy”, 32, of Baltimore, to 184 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for a racketeering conspiracy and for using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during a robbery. Shipley was a member of the Eight Tray Gangster (“ETG”) Crips gang in Baltimore. …


Crime, Health, Sci-Tech

FBI warns health care employees of ongoing scam involving impersonation of law enforcement, government officials

BALTIMORE, MD—The FBI is warning individuals employed in the healthcare industry of ongoing widespread fraud schemes in which scammers impersonate law enforcement or government officials in attempts to extort money or steal personally identifiable information (PII). Authorities say the scammers research background information of their intended targets through a medical practice’s website and/or social media and supplement this information with …


FBI rescues 84 victims of child sex trafficking, locates 37 missing children during nationwide operation

BALTIMORE, MD—The FBI, working with its state and local partners during two weeks in August, identified and located 84 minor victims of child sex trafficking and child sexual exploitation offenses and located 37 actively missing children during a nationwide enforcement campaign, dubbed “Operation Cross Country.” The FBI-led nationwide initiative focused on identifying and locating victims of sex trafficking and investigating …

Nottingham hospital employee sentenced to 18 years in prison for producing exploitative images of unconscious minor patient

BALTIMORE, MD—A Nottingham man has been sentenced to prison for production of child pornography involving an underage female patient who was unconscious at the time. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Donald Benson, 42, of Nottingham, to 18 years in federal prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release, for production of child pornography. Judge Blake also ordered that, …

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 …

Serial robber sentenced to 12 years in prison for committing at least 10 armed robberies in Baltimore area

BALTIMORE, MD—A serial robber has been sentenced to prison after committing multiple robberies throughout Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Anne Arundel County. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Marquis Moore, 35, of Baltimore, to 12 years in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for committing a series of armed commercial robberies and for brandishing a firearm …

California man facing federal charges in Maryland for attempted murder of Supreme Court Justice

GREENBELT, MD—A criminal complaint was filed on Wednesday charging Nicholas John Roske, 26, of Simi Valley, California, for federal charges of attempted murder of a Supreme Court Justice. Roske is expected to have an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt at 3 p.m. on Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Sullivan. The criminal complaint was announced by …

Nottingham hospital worker pleads guilty to sexually assaulting unconscious 15-year-old female patient

UPDATE: Benson has been sentenced to prison. Original story below… —— BALTIMORE, MD—A Nottingham man has pleaded guilty to production of child pornography and to assaulting an underage female patient while she was unconscious. The plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Acting Special Agent in Charge Selwyn Smith of Homeland Security …