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Governor Moore announces additional funding for faith-based organizations, nonprofits to help protect against hate crimes

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Wes Moore this week announced $1 million in additional emergency state funding for hate crime prevention grants. Local organizations that serve protected classes and religious institutions are eligible for funding to hire security personnel for their facilities and membership through a new grant from the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services. “I’ve said it before, …


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Foreign national sentenced to prison after fraudulently opening bank accounts in Maryland

GREENBELT, MD—A foreign national has been sentenced to prison after fraudulently opening bank accounts in Maryland. U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang has sentenced Daniel Velcu, 43, of Baltimore, to 34 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud. As part of his sentence, Velcu will be required …


Maryland man sentenced to 5 years in prison for illegally smuggling firearms to Nigeria

BALTIMORE, MD—A Maryland man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for illegally transporting firearms with obliterated serial numbers and smuggling firearms to Nigeria. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett this week sentenced Eric Fru Nji, 42, of Fort Washington, to 63 months in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release, for conspiracy, for transporting firearms …

Previously convicted Baltimore County sex offender sentenced to 15 years in prison for possession of child pornography

BALTIMORE, MD—A previously convicted Baltimore County man has been sentenced to prison on child pornography charges. U.S. District Judge Stephanie A. Gallagher has sentenced August Candeloro III, a/k/a “Nick,” 35, of Catonsville, to 15 years in federal prison, followed by lifetime supervised release, for a federal charge of possession of child pornography. The sentence was announced by United States Attorney …

Former bank employee convicted after fraudulently opening bank accounts in Maryland

UPDATE: Daniel Velcru has been sentenced to prison. Original story below… GREENBELT, MD—A Maryland man has been convicted on fraud charges after fraudulent opening bank accounts. A federal jury has convicted Diape Seck, 29, of Rockville, for his role in a bank fraud scheme in which he and his co-conspirators obtained or attempted to obtain almost $2 million by fraud, …

Former Baltimore SWAT officer sentenced to 25 years in prison for producing child pornography

BALTIMORE, MD—A former Baltimore police officer has been sentenced to more than two decades behind bars. U.S. District Judge Stephanie A. Gallagher on Thursday sentenced Donald Hildebrandt, 52, of Bel Air, to 25 years in federal prison, followed by lifetime supervised release, for sexual exploitation of a child to produce child pornography, and possession of child pornography. The indictment was …

Edgewood man indicted in 20-year-old attempted murder, rape case

PIKESVILLE, MD—A Cecil County grand jury has handed down an indictment charging a suspect in connection with a twenty-year-old attempted murder and rape investigation. The accused is identified as Bryant Nakia White, 48, of Edgewood. The indictment charges White with attempted second-degree murder, kidnapping, first- and second-degree rape, assault, and other criminal charges related to the 2002 incident. White is …

Baltimore-area MS-13 gang members indicted for racketeering conspiracy, murders, attempted murders

BALTIMORE, MD—A federal grand jury in Maryland has returned an indictment charging four members of La Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang with racketeering conspiracy involving murder, attempted murder, and drug trafficking. Three of the defendants are scheduled to have initial appearances this week in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. The following defendants, all from Baltimore, are charged with racketeering conspiracy: Wilson …