Crime, Politics

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby indicted on charges of perjury, falsifying mortgage application

BALTIMORE, MD—A federal grand jury on Thursday returned an indictment charging Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby, 41, on federal charges of perjury and making false mortgage applications, relating to the purchases of two vacation homes in Florida. The defendant will have an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, but the hearing has not yet been scheduled. …


Business, Politics, Sci-Tech

Attorney General Frosh urges FCC to stop international scam calls

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh this week urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to put in place measures that will help stem the tide of foreign-based illegal robocalls that attempt to scam Americans. “Americans are sick and tired of spoofed phone calls and illegal robocalls, of not being able to trust their Caller ID, and of being scammed …


Baltimore County police officer facing federal indictment for allegedly seeking, accepting bribes in exchange for falsely certifying completion of firearms training

BALTIMORE, MD—A federal grand jury on Tuesday returned an indictment charging a Baltimore County police officer with accepting bribes. William R. Johnson, Jr., age 32, of Baltimore, has been charged with honest services wire fraud, for allegedly seeking and accepting bribes and kickbacks to falsely certify that applicants for Maryland handgun qualifying licenses (HQL) and wear and carry permits (CCW) …

Man who stole more than $16,000 in cryptocurrency, orchestrated SWAT attack pleads guilty to aggravated identity theft

BALTIMORE, MD—A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft charges in connection with his involvement in a “SIM swap” and cryptocurrency theft scheme. Kyell Bryan, 20, of Kingston, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to the charges on Tuesday. The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Special Agent in Charge James …

Baltimore County Army veteran facing federal charges for falsely claiming to be a paraplegic, obtaining more than $1 million in government disability benefits

BALTIMORE, MD—A Baltimore County U.S. Army veteran has been charged with fraudulently obtaining more than $1 million in government disability benefits. A federal criminal complaint charges William Rich, 41, of Windsor Mill, for allegedly fraudulently obtaining a total of more than $1 million dollars in disability benefits and Social Security Administration disability benefits by falsely claiming that he was a …

Maryland Department of Labor warns of unemployment claimant email scam

NOTTINGHAM, MD—The Maryland Department of Labor is warning residents of an email scam targeting unemployment insurance claimants. Anyone who receives an email similar to the one pictured below is urged NOT to respond.  Do not click on “Verify Account”. Clicking on the “From” field will likely reveal a fraudulent email address. All emails from Maryland’s Division of Unemployment Insurance will …

Baltimore correctional officers plead guilty to felony theft, misconduct charges in time card fraud scheme

BALTIMORE, MD—Two Baltimore correctional officers have pleaded guilty to charges of felony theft and misconduct in office in connection with a time card fraud scheme. Maryland State Prosecutor Charlton Howard on Thursday announced that Sharonda Stokes and Dephany McKnight, former Correctional Officers assigned to the Metropolitan Transition Center in Baltimore, pleaded guilty this week in Baltimore County Circuit Court to …

Securities Division bars Maryland cryptocurrency company, owners from operating in state

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Wednesday announced that the Securities Division has issued a Final Order against La Tanya Davis of Silver Spring, Andrea King-Chang of Owings Mills, and their company, Ether Investment and Trading Group, LLC (together EITG) for violations of the Maryland Securities Act in connection with their involvement in a fraudulent offering of unregistered …