Crime

Baltimore County attorney convicted of laundering over $1 million in drug money

BALTIMORE, MD—A federal jury has convicted a Baltimore County attorney on conspiracy to commit money laundering charges. The conviction of Kenneth Wendell Ravenell, 61, of Monkton, was announced by First Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Phil Selden; Special Agent in Charge Darrell J. Waldon of the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, Washington, D.C. Field Office; …


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Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office collects over $26 million in civil, criminal actions for U.S. taxpayers in FY 2021

BALTIMORE, MD—U.S. Attorney Erek L. Barron this week announced that financial collections in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 in the District of Maryland reached $26,206,937.09. The U.S. Department of Justice keeps statistics on a fiscal year basis, closing the books each September 30th. “Thanks to the hard work and dedication of employees of the U.S. Attorney’s …


Perry Hall financial advisor facing federal charges after stealing client’s life savings

PERRY HALL, MD—A federal criminal complaint has been filed charging a Perry Hall financial adviser with a federal wire fraud charge and with aggravated identity theft in connection with a fraud scheme in which he embezzled more than $1 million from a client’s retirement account. The criminal complaint against 42-year-old Eddy Blizzard was filed on April 14, 2021 and unsealed …

Rosedale resident, former Executive Director of Maryland Center for Adult Training, sentenced to two years in prison on tax-related charges

ROSEDALE, MD—A Rosedale resident has been sentenced to prison on tax-related charges. U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow on Thursday sentenced Roslyn Wedington, 50, to two years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, on the federal charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States and for five counts of filing false tax returns. Judge Chasanow also …

Rosedale business owner pleads guilty to federal tax charges for failing to pay employment taxes

ROSEDALE, MD—Jimmy Danh, 60, formerly of Rosedale, pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States and failure to pay over-employment taxes. The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur and Special Agent in Charge Thomas Fattorusso of the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, Philadelphia …

Maryland Attorney General warns of coronavirus stimulus payment scams

BALTIMORE, MD—The federal government has begun making payments to individuals as authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. These are more commonly known as stimulus payments and will either be made directly into Maryland residents’ bank accounts or via a check delivered by U.S. mail. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh warns that fraudsters are taking advantage …

IRS releases ‘Get My Payment’ tool to help Americans track stimulus checks

WASHINGTON, DC—Working with the U.S. Treasury Department, the Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday unveiled a new Get My Payment tool with features to let taxpayers check on their Economic Impact Payment date and update direct deposit information. With an initial round of more than 80 million Economic Impact Payments starting to hit bank accounts over the weekend and throughout this …

Attorney General Frosh warns of CARES Act-related fraud schemes

BALTIMORE, MD—On March 27, the federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which aims to provide financial relief to individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in the United States. Key provisions of the act include direct payments to some individuals, based on income (a “stimulus check”); extended unemployment benefits; small business …