Around Maryland, Crime

Former Maryland bank employee used position to commit identity theft, bank fraud

GREENBELT, MD—A former bank employee has been convicted in a federal court in Greenbelt for conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft. Jalen Craig McMillan, 30, of Jessup, faces a maximum prison sentence of 30 years for the conspiracy and for each count of bank fraud. He will also serve a mandatory prison sentence of two …


Around Maryland, Business, Crime, Sci-Tech

Maryland named 2023’s 7th most vulnerable state to identity theft, WalletHub study

BALTIMORE, MD—Identity theft and fraud cost Americans billions of their hard-earned dollars each year, and new dangers such as the recent MOVEit data breach are popping up all the time. Some places are more susceptible to this issue than others, though. For example, the District of Columbia tops the list of the places most vulnerable to identity theft and fraud, …


Weis Markets finds ‘skimming’ devices in two Baltimore-area stores

SUNBURY, PA—Weis Markets is notifying customers after skimming devices were found in two of the grocery chain’s Baltimore-area locations. On November 1, 2023, Weis Markets discovered a skimmer at its store located at 7848 Wise Avenue in Dundalk.  On the same day, Weis found a second skimmer at its store located at 1080 Maiden Choice Lane in Baltimore. Upon discovering …

U.S. Marshals, FBI warn public of imposter scam involving cryptocurrency payment demands

WASHINGTON, DC—The U.S. Marshals Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are alerting the public of several nationwide imposter scams involving individuals claiming to be U.S. marshals, court officers, or other law enforcement officials. They are urging people to report the calls their local FBI office and file a consumer complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, which has the ability …

Attorney General Frosh enters into multistate settlements addressing 2015 Experian data breach

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh this week announced separate settlements with Experian and T-Mobile concerning a 2015 data breach experienced by Experian that compromised the personal information of more than 15 million individuals who submitted credit applications with T-Mobile. The settlements were negotiated by a multistate work group that included 40 states and was led by the Maryland Attorney …

Baltimore County, Harford County defendants facing charges in alleged scheme involving over $4 million in fraudulent bank transactions

BALTIMORE, MD—A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging four defendants with conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Charged in the indictment are: Raissa Kaossele, 22, of Baltimore; Damilola Ojo, 29, of Pikesville; Victor Ojo, 28, of Edgewood; Jamelia Thompson, 29, of Pikesville. The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland …

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 …

Attorney General Frosh urges Marylanders affected by T-Mobile data breach to protect themselves against identity theft

BALTIMORE, MD—Attorney General Brian E. Frosh is urging all Maryland residents impacted by the data breach announced by T-Mobile in August 2021 to take appropriate steps to protect their information from identity theft. On August 17, T-Mobile reported a massive data breach compromising the sensitive personal information of millions of current, former, and prospective T-Mobile customers, including individuals who had …