Business, Sci-Tech

Office of the Attorney General warns of text message phishing scam targeting Maryland unemployment insurance claimants

BALTIMORE, MD—The Office of the Attorney General is warning residents of a scheme in which fraudsters are impersonating the Maryland Department of Labor, Division of Unemployment Insurance in text messages. To remain protected from fraud, residents should access the BEACON claimant portal by visiting https://beacon.labor.maryland.gov/beacon/claimant-page.html directly, or by using the MD Unemployment for Claimants mobile app. Anyone who receives a …


Crime

Nigerian national sentenced to over four years in prison for conspiring with Middle River man to commit identity theft, mail fraud

BALTIMORE, MD—A Nigerian national has been sentenced to prison for his part in a Maryland identity theft and mail fraud conspiracy. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake has sentenced Samson A. Oguntuyi, 29, of Atlanta, Georgia, to 54 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and mail fraud, bank fraud, …


Owner of steel drum company admits to defrauding over $20 million from Harford County manufacturer in kickback scheme

BALTIMORE, MD—A New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and filing a false tax return after allegedly defrauding a Harford County business of $20 million.  According to his guilty plea, Anthony P. Urcioli, Sr., 78, of Park Ridge, NJ, is the owner and president of Tunnel, Barrel & Drum Co, Inc. (TBD), a wholesale commercial …

Harford County letter carrier sentenced to six years in prison for bank, mail fraud conspiracy

UPDATE: Johnson B. Ogunlana’s co-conspirator has been sentenced to over four year in prison. Original story below… —— BALTIMORE, MD—A Maryland mail carrier has been sentenced to six years in prison after committing identity theft and stealing over $565,000 in checks. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Johnson B. Ogunlana, 25, of Middle River, to six years in federal …

Maryland State Police, Department Of Labor warn of rise in unemployment insurance scams

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland State Police and the Maryland Department of Labor Unemployment Division are tracking and combating illegal schemes in which fraudsters are impersonating the Division in email correspondence, text messages, and phone calls with the intent of stealing unemployment insurance benefits. The Department of Labor is coordinating with Maryland State Police to alert the public about these ongoing and …

FBI Baltimore warns of Valentine’s Day romance scams

BALTIMORE, MD—The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Baltimore Field Division is warning local residents of Valentine’s Day scams on the most romantic day of the year. In romance scams (also known as confidence scams), a criminal creates fake profiles on dating sites or social media platforms to trick victims into believing that they are in a trusting relationship—whether familial, friendly, or …

Maryland partners with CFTC, 26 state securities regulators to stop $68 million precious metals scheme that targeted seniors

BALTIMORE, MD—The Office of the Attorney General’s Securities Division this week announced that it is participating in a multi-jurisdictional, coordinated enforcement action to stop a fraudulent precious metals scheme that resulted in investments exceeding $68 million from at least 450 investors nationwide. The Securities Division has joined the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and 26 other state securities regulators in …

Attorney General’s office issues consumer alert regarding door-to-door COVID testing

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Office of the Attorney General is alerting residents about individuals and labs offering door-to-door COVID testing. The individuals performing these tests promise prompt results but consumers have reported not receiving results several weeks after the initial test. Consumers have complained that they do not know how their personal identifying information is being secured. Consumers are advised to …