Crime, Police/Fire, Sci-Tech

Maryland authorities seize two domains attempting to mimic Walmart website, purporting to sell experimental COVID-19 treatment

BALTIMORE, MD—The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland has seized “http://pharmacywalmart.com” and “https://stromectol-ivermectin.com” which on June 16, 2021 resolved to “https://en.pharmacywalmart.com/buy-stromectol-usa.html.”  The websites contained numerous uses of the legitimate Walmart trademarked logo and appears to attempt to mimic a legitimate Walmart website. The fraudulent websites allegedly offers for sale a number of drugs for the experimental and unapproved treatment …


Crime, Police/Fire

Baltimore County man sentenced to four years in prison for impersonating Secret Service agent, identity theft

BALTIMORE, MD—A judge has sentenced a Baltimore County man to over four years in prison in connection with an identity theft scheme. U.S. District Court Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Igor Cooper Rosensteel, 30, of Middle River, to 50 months in federal prison for device fraud and aggravated identity theft, related to a scheme in which he held himself out …


Maryland Department of Labor warns of text message unemployment insurance scam

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Labor is warning residents of an unemployment scam that is circulating. The scam targets unemployment insurance claimants via text message. The message reads: “BEACON Labor: This is notify you that your Maryland insurance claim account is currently on hold for verification, Please complete your verification by following the instruction link below…to reactivate your account.” Anyone …

Maryland State Police warn of fraud scheme using police barrack phone number

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Maryland State Police this week issued a warning about a fraud scheme being run in which the caller uses the JFK Highway Barrack’s phone number and tells people they are wanted on a warrant, but they may avoid arrest if they provide money or gift cards. On Wednesday afternoon and evening, troopers at the JFK Highway Barrack received more …

Consumer Alert: Telephone scammers are spoofing local hospitals and public utilities to steal personal information, threatening to terminate Medicare benefits

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland’s Consumer Protection Division is warning residents that scammers are “spoofing” local hospital and public utility phone numbers in an attempt to steal personal and medical information, such as Medicare, Medicaid, and/or Social Security numbers, over the phone. Some of the scammers are threatening to terminate Medicare benefits unless the call recipient provides personal information over the phone. Because …

Parkville residents who were president, vice president of mental health, substance abuse treatment programs plead guilty to Medicaid fraud

PARKVILLE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Tuesday announced that Tasha S. Saunders, 42, of Parkville, and Diane S. Jordan, 48, also of Parkville, each pleaded guilty to one count of felony Medicaid fraud for submitting claims that caused the Maryland Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid) to reimburse their companies, Changing Directions, Inc. and HEAL Inc., more than $470,000 for …

Baltimore County grand jury indicts five correctional officers for theft of $380,000 via time card fraud scheme

TOWSON, MD—Maryland State Prosecutor Charlton Howard announced this week that a Baltimore County grand jury has indicted five correctional officers with felony theft scheme and misconduct in office. The indictments allege that, during their employment as correctional officers for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Kimberly Brown, Erica Byrd, Dephany McKnight, Syreeta Saunders, and Sharonda Stokes were …

Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office warns that scammers are attempting to ‘spoof’ main office phone number in attempt to defraud victims

BALTIMORE, MD—Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Jonathan F. Lenzner on Friday announced that scammers are attempting to “spoof” the U.S. Attorney’s Office main office telephone number so that calls appear to originate from the U.S. Attorney’s Office on the recipient’s caller ID in a criminal scheme to defraud individuals who owe federal debts such as criminal restitution …