Business, Sci-Tech

Frosh announces $2 million settlement for TurboTax customers in Maryland

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney Brian E. Frosh on Wednesday announced a settlement that includes more than $2 million in restitution from the owner of TurboTax, Intuit Inc. for misleading Maryland consumers into paying for tax services that they could have received for free. Per a multistate agreement with all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Intuit will pay $141 million, …


Crime

Owner of steel drum company admits to defrauding over $20 million from Harford County manufacturer in kickback scheme

BALTIMORE, MD—A New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and filing a false tax return after allegedly defrauding a Harford County business of $20 million.  According to his guilty plea, Anthony P. Urcioli, Sr., 78, of Park Ridge, NJ, is the owner and president of Tunnel, Barrel & Drum Co, Inc. (TBD), a wholesale commercial …


Comptroller Franchot announces three-month filing, payment extension for 2021 state individual income taxes in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Comptroller Peter Franchot on Wednesday announced that the filing and payment deadline for 2021 Maryland state individual income taxes has been extended by three months – to Friday, July 15, 2022 – to assist taxpayers facing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The extension announcement came during a virtual news conference with agency officials to discuss the January …

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. …

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; …

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 …