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July 15, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

A ‘Massive, Sophisticated Criminal Enterprise’: Maryland Uncovers Huge Unemployment Fraud Scheme

The state of Maryland uncovered a “massive, sophisticated criminal enterprise” of unemployment insurance fraud, Gov. Larry Hogan announced at a press conference Wednesday.  He said the crime involves widespread identity theft and more than 47,000 fraudulent claims totaling over $501 million. Department of Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson explained that the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program […]

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July 24, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Five Things to Know for July 24 in Montgomery County

Today is Wednesday, July 24. Here are five things to know in Montgomery County. 1. Elrich to Address Media: Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich will address the media this morning at 11 a.m. to discuss the impact of the Fiscal Year 2019 budget and investments that were made this year about housing. 2. Protecting Seniors from […]

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May 22, 2019 | Staff Writer

Tennessee Police Arrest Man Wanted in Montgomery County

Williams County (Tennessee) police have arrested a man who has an outstanding warrant under another name in Montgomery County, local police said Wednesday. John Martin Hill was arrested in Tennessee, on an outstanding warrant from Alpharetta, Georgia, police said. After more investigation, police determined Hill had an outstanding warrant from Montgomery County under the name […]

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January 8, 2019 | Staff Writer

Police Seek Woman in Surveillance Photo for Using Stolen Credit Card

Montgomery County police have released a surveillance photo of a woman wanted in connection with buying more than $8,000 worth of merchandise with another person’s credit card. Silver Spring police district detectives hope the police can identify her. The card was taken from a woman while she was exercising at the Fitness Evolution gym at […]

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October 26, 2018 | Staff Writer

Police Charge Woman With Fraud Related to Maryland Driver’s Licenses

Montgomery County police have charged a woman with fraud after she allegedly provided out-of-state residents with fraudulent documents to obtain a Maryland driver’s license from Maryland’s Vehicle Administration. After a nearly 14-month investigation, Elisa Ordonez, 38, was arrested and charged with multiple counts of fraud. Detectives believe that more than 40 people provided the fraudulent documentation from Ordonez […]

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November 29, 2017 | Staff Writer

Two Residents Taken In by ‘Grandparent Scam’ in Two Weeks, Police Say

Montgomery County police say residents in the last two weeks have fallen victim to the “Grandparent Scam” — someone calls a number claiming to be a grandchild who needs money to get out of jail. Each resident has lost $5,000 to the scammer, police said. One victim was instructed to wire money to a bank […]

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October 31, 2017 | Staff Writer

Germantown Doctor Convicted of Receiving Kickbacks, Fraudulent Billing

A 48-year-old Germantown physician trained in pain management was convicted last week on 26 felony counts in two schemes — one to receive $1.376 million in kickbacks for referring patients’ urine toxicology specimens to a New Jersey lab and the other for fraudulently billing for anesthesia services. According to a statement from Stephen M. Schenning, […]

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October 4, 2017 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

What you Need to Know About the Equifax Data Breach

Background: What is Equifax? Equifax is one of three major U.S. credit reporting bureaus. The other two are TransUnion and Experian. There is also a smaller, less well-known credit-reporting agency called Innovis (aka CBCInnovis) that operates slightly different in that its main purpose is to provide mortgage credit reporting services to the financial services industry. […]

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June 27, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Police Say Gold Scam Targets Chinese Residents

Montgomery County police are looking for two men whom they believe perpetrated two scams in the county where they present a bit of real gold and at the end of a transaction, the scammers have the victim’s money and the victims are left with worthless, fake gold. Police say they have arrest warrants for Xiaoping […]

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February 1, 2017 | Staff Writer

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Consumer Alert About Online Scams (VIDEO)

The latest Consumer Alert from the Office of Consumer Protection is about online scams. Watch the alert, below:

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