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October 21, 2020 | Brendan Hartlove

State U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI Warn Marylanders About Election Misinformation

The Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI issued a statement Tuesday warning Maryland voters about election misinformation. The U.S. Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section and the FBI have started a National Voter Disinformation Initiative to combat voter suppression schemes. “The right to vote is one of the most important rights exercised by Americans,” said U.S. […]

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October 21, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Former Walter Reed Manager Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribes

A former high-ranking manager at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda pleaded guilty to federal charges of accepting money, travel and sporting event tickets from a company in which his department conducted business. David Laufer, 63, of Pittsburgh and formerly of Bethesda, pleaded guilty Oct. 20 to acceptance of gratuities by a public […]

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October 16, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Silver Spring Man Sentenced in Two MS-13 Involved Killings

A Silver Spring man was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for two murders in which the victims were beheaded, dismembered and buried in shallow graves, the Department of Justice announced Oct. 15. According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Maryland, Albaro Rosa Moreno, 24, is a member of […]

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December 11, 2019 | Staff Writer

Woman Gets Three and a Half Years in Federal Prison for False Invoices

A Silver Spring woman will spend 41 months in prison for a federal wire fraud charge for submitting fraudulent and inflated invoices to two separate companies over 10 years totaling at least $855,000, a U.S. Attorney’s Office statement said. Rebecca Jelfo, 47, also must serve three years of supervised release, according to her sentencing. U.S. […]

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September 26, 2019 | Staff Writer

Gaithersburg Man Faces 22 Years in Prison for Child Pornography

A Gaithersburg man could face a 22-year prison sentence after pleading guilty Wednesday to child pornography and extortion charges, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Zhi Tian Lang, 23, admitted that he threatened to post revealing photos of 11 girls on the Internet if they did not send him sexually explicit photographs […]

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April 8, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Allegedly Inspired by ISIS, Germantown Man Wanted to Run Down Pedestrians, U.S. Attorney Says

The U.S. Attorney’s Office claims ISIS inspired a Germantown man to steal a U-Haul van with the intention of using it as a weapon against pedestrians within National Harbor. The government has asked that Rondell Henry, 28, be detained pending trial claiming he is a flight risk and a danger to the community, according to […]

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July 27, 2018 | Staff Writer

Montgomery Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charge

Frank A. Dunn Jr., 60, of Burtonsville and Silver Spring, pleaded guilty Friday to possession of child pornography, according to a statement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He could be in prison for four to nine years if U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel accepts his plea agreement, the statement said. According to the statement […]

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May 7, 2018 | Staff Writer

Clarksburg Man Sentenced for Being in U.S. Illegally

A Clarksburg man was sentenced to 21 months in prison Thursday for being unlawfully present in the United States, a U.S. Attorney’s Office statement said Monday. Jose Juarez-Diaz, 32, has made three illegal entries into the United States and has been deported twice, the statement said. The judge was U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte. According […]

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October 12, 2017 | Staff Writer

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Eight Alleged MS-13 Members, Including One from Silver Spring, Indicted

A federal grand jury has indicted a Silver Spring man and seven others alleging they are members of the MS-13, and from at least 2015 through September 2017, they were involved in murder, extortion and drug trafficking, according to a statement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The Silver Spring man is Michael Eduardo Contreras, 22, […]

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April 27, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Hate Crime Prevention Forum to Take Place on May 1

Hate incidents across the county is why the Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations service for a forum to help prevent hate. Representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Anti Defamation League and the Montgomery County Police Department will inform […]

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