Maryland medical equipment company settles fraud allegations for $352,800

BALTIMORE, MD—A durable medical equipment company with offices in Baltimore County and one of its owners have agreed to pay $352,800 to settle allegations that they defrauded a federal health program intended to help government employees with medical expenses. The settlement resolves claims of billing fraud filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland. Federal officials alleged that Comfort Care […]

Baltimore County woman pleads guilty to conspiring to destroy local power grid, Perry Hall substation

BALTIMORE, MD—A Baltimore County woman has pleaded guilty to conspiring to destroy the local power grid. Sarah Beth Clendaniel,  of Catonsville, on Tuesday pleaded guilty to conspiring to damage or destroy electrical facilities in Maryland and to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Maryland U.S. Attorney Erek L. Barron and Special Agent in Charge William J. DelBagno of […]

Baltimore man pleads guilty to tax refund scam involving elderly victims

BALTIMORE, MD—The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that a Baltimore man has pleaded guilty to access device fraud and aggravated identity theft in a tax refund scam. Dolapo Lawal, 33, has admitted to a scheme that involved using the identities of elderly victims to receive fraudulent tax refunds, which he then used to pay off personal credit card debt […]

Maryland man, two others charged in federal court for alleged bomb threat swatting scheme

BALTIMORE, MD—A federal grand jury has indicted three people, accusing them of placing a series of bomb threats against schools, hospitals, airports, and other institutions. Owen Jarboe, 18, of Hagerstown, Maryland; Evan Strauss, 26, of Moneta, Virginia; and Brayden Grace, 18, of Columbus, Ohio; were charged in a six-count indictment with conspiracy, cyberstalking, interstate threatening communications and threats to damage […]

Harford County financial advisor sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for stealing elderly client’s life savings

BALTIMORE, MD—A Harford County financial advisor who also had a home in Perry Hall has been sentenced to prison for stealing an elderly client’s life savings. On April 30, a judge sentenced Eddy Ray Blizzard, 45, of Havre de Grace, to 42 months’ imprisonment followed by two years of supervised release. The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for […]

Maryland woman convicted in scheme to obtain U.S. passports for children fathered by Ghanaian national

GREENBELT, MD—A Maryland woman has been convicted in a scheme to obtain U.S. passports for children who were fathered by a Ghanaian national, who prosecutors say posed as the absent parent. Charmaine Brown, 45, of Lusby, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit passport fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud and making a false statement in bankruptcy proceedings, […]