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March 1, 2021 | Gracie Tanner

County Celebrates National Consumer Protection Week With Virtual Events

Montgomery County’s Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) and Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) will host a variety of virtual informative webinars from Feb. 28 to March 6 for National Consumer Protection Week. The free webinars aim to help community members understand their consumer rights and decide how to make well-informed decisions regarding their money.  The […]

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February 18, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Detectives Searching for Man Accused of Vehicle Dent Repair Scam in Bethesda

Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) detectives are searching for a man who police say committed a dent repair scam in Bethesda in July and October 2020. Detectives were granted a warrant for the arrest of Archie Valdo Thompson, age 33, according to an MCPD statement, for “multiple counts of theft and malicious destruction of property, […]

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December 1, 2020 | Toluwa Famuyide

Police Investigating Multiple Scams Targeting Grandparents

Montgomery County police are investigating reports of recent fraudulent activity where residents are falling victim to the “Grandparent Scam.” According to a press release, the scammers have collected almost $50 thousand from the victims within the last three weeks. The scam involves a suspect that poses as the resident’s family member and tells them that […]

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October 27, 2020 | Toluwa Famuyide

Two Suspects Arrested and Charged for Instagram Check Scam

Montgomery County Police have charged two individuals with multiple frauds, forgery, and theft offenses related to a check scam they ran via Instagram. Nasir Eggleston, 24, and Julenni Mora, 25, were issued warrants for their arrest on June 19, 2020. Mora was arrested on June 25 and Eggleston was arrested on September 23. Both suspects […]

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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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