Crime

Parkville resident facing federal indictment for dating, business email compromise scams with alleged losses of more than $2.3 million

PARKVILLE, MD—A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging three defendants on federal charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and aggravated identity theft. Noel Chimezuru Agoha, 37, of Baltimore; Sessieu Ange Oulai, 34, of Parkville; and Kelechi Arthur Ntibunka, 32, of Essex, are all facing federal charges. The indictment was returned on March …


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Baltimore County man pleads guilty in scheme to steal digital currency, social media accounts

BALTIMORE, MD—A Timonium man has pled guilty in federal court on charges of aggravated identity theft in connection with with schemes to use the identity information of victims to steal digital currency and social media accounts. Chief U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar sentenced Jordan K. Milleson, 20, to two years in federal prison, followed by one year of supervised …


Baltimore man sentenced to more than four years in prison for conspiring to commit sex trafficking of minor in Baltimore County hotel room

BALTIMORE, MD—A Baltimore man has been sentenced to federal prison for conspiring to commit sex trafficking of a minor in a Baltimore County hotel room. U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel on Wednesday sentenced Gerald Marshall, 31, to 54 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of a minor. …

DHS announces extension of REAL ID full enforcement deadline

WASHINGTON, DC—On Tuesday, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would be extending the REAL ID full enforcement date by 19 months, from October 1, 2021 to May 3, 2023, due to circumstances resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Officials say the pandemic has significantly impacted states’ ability to issue REAL ID-compliant …

Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office seizes 3 additional domain names associated with fraudulent COVID-19 treatments

BALTIMORE, MD—The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland has seized three additional domain names associated with fraudulent COVID-19 treatments. Authorities have seized “healthbridgescience.com,” “global-pandemic-vaccines.com,” and “genobioscience.com,” all of which purported to be the websites of actual biotechnology companies developing treatments for the COVID-19 virus but instead were allegedly used to collect the personal information of individuals visiting the …

Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Offices seizes fifth domain name in COVID-19 treatment scam

BALTIMORE, MD—The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland has seized a fifth domain name, “usaregenermedicals.com,” which purported to sell and distribute REGEN-COV2, an antibody drug cocktail approved for the treatment of COVID-19 virus. The website was fraudulent and instead appears to have been used to collect the personal information of individuals visiting the site, in order to use …

MEMA secures $19.3 million to prepare for and reduce risks of hazards, disasters, terrorist attacks

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Emergency Management Agency on Friday announced that it will receive a combined total of $19,331,363 for Fiscal Year 2021 from the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP), the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), and the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program. The HSGP, NSGP, and EMPG are the three programs that constitute the DHS/FEMA focus on enhancing the …

Maryland authorities seize domain names of fraudulent COVID-19 treatment websites

BALTIMORE, MD—The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland has seized “remdesivirmx.com,” which purported to sell and distribute Remdesivir, an antiviral drug approved for the treatment of the COVID-19 virus, in Mexico. However, the website was fraudulent and instead appears to have been used to collect the personal information of individuals visiting the site for fraudulent purposes, including phishing …