4th Circuit upholds Md. wire fraud conviction but reduces $28M restitution
A U.S. appeals court upheld the conviction of an Israeli woman who led a global scheme that defrauded thousands of investors, including at least three in Maryland.
California lawyer charged with stealing millions from PG-based foreclosure firm
A California man has been indicted in Maryland on charges that he stole nearly $4 million from a Prince George's County law firm that he controlled and the firm's clients.
Avenatti pleads guilty to fraud, tax charges in California
Incarcerated lawyer Michael Avenatti pleaded guilty Thursday to four counts of wire fraud and a tax-related charge in a federal court case.
Twins accused of using fake IDs in $1M COVID relief fraud
Twin brothers have been charged in federal court with illegally obtaining more than $1 million in COVID-19 relief money and unemployment benefits using fake names — including, prosecutors allege, the name “Allen Gator.” Jerry and Jaleel Phillips, both 24, of Temple Hills face wire fraud charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland announced Wednesday. Jerry […]
Ex-nonprofit CEO gets 2 years in federal prison for fraud schemes
The 72-year-old former CEO of a Maryland nonprofit on Monday admitted to using grant money intended for domestic violence services to prop up her failing weight loss clinic and will serve two years in federal prison. Glenda Hodges also admitted to defrauding another victim while she was on pretrial release and awaiting prosecution in the […]
Ex-Hogan aide McGrath, accused of wire fraud, to remain on supervised release
Roy C. McGrath, a former top adviser to Gov. Larry Hogan accused of wire fraud, remains on supervised release after a brief court hearing Friday.
Businessman pleads guilty to bribing ex-Del. Cheryl Glenn
A Baltimore businessman pleaded guilty Monday to bribing former Maryland Del. Cheryl Glenn to introduce legislation and help at least two companies obtain medical cannabis-related licenses. Lance Lucas, 44, pleaded guilty to honest services wire fraud and violation of the Travel Act for communications and payments made to Glenn, a Baltimore Democrat who resigned last year shortly before [&helli[...]
Former Cecil Bank president is accused of bank fraud
The former president and CEO of Cecil Bank has been charged with bank fraud for allegedly conspiring to make a straw purchase of a home that had been foreclosed on by the bank. Mary Beyer Halsey, 59, of Rising Sun, faces up to 30 years in prison for each of the six counts in a […]
AG orders former surrogacy firm to pay $2M in penalties and fees
The Maryland Office of the Attorney General ordered an Annapolis-based surrogacy company facing state and federal investigations for defrauding customers to pay more than $2 million in penalties and restitution Wednesday. The state issued a final order against Greg Blosser and his company, The Surrogacy Group LLC, for violating the Maryland Consumer Protection Act by […]
Pugh pleads guilty to conspiracy and tax evasion charges
Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh was subdued as she pleaded guilty Thursday to fraud and tax evasion in federal court, where prosecutors laid out more than a decade of abuse of her elected positions in state and city government. Pugh was indicted last week on 11 counts for a years-long scheme to enrich herself and […]
4th Circuit upholds Gun Trace Task Force convictions
A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld the federal racketeering and robbery convictions and 18-year sentences of two former members of an elite Baltimore police unit, which was later shown to be comprised of corrupt officers who stole from those they claimed to investigate and who lied about their overtime. In a 3-0 decision, the […]
Maryland political consultant pleads guilty to wire fraud
Federal prosecutors say a Maryland political consultant has pleaded guilty in connection with a scheme to solicit millions of dollars in contributions through scam political action committees.