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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
The owner of an Owings Mills medical firm is accused of defrauding Medicare and Medicaid of more than $7.5 million in a federal indictment unsealed Monday. Federal prosecutors say Alpha Diagnostics owner Rafael Chikvashvili, 67, of Baltimore created false examination reports, submitted insurance claims for medical procedures that were never performed by licensed physicians, and overbilled Medicare and Medicaid, among other fraudulent acts. The X-ray company's offices in Owings Mills and Harrisburg, Pa., were raided last October by the FBI. Chikvashvili directed his employees, who were not doctors, to interpret X-rays, medical tests, ultrasounds and cardiological exams, rather than paying licensed physicians to do the work, the indictment alleged.
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By Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
The founder of a Baltimore County-based company that provided insurance to nightclubs and bars who was previously charged with misleading regulators now faces additional charges. The new charges of wire fraud and money laundering mean Jeffrey Cohen, the former CEO of Indemnity Insurance Corp., could face a stiffer sentence if convicted. Officials said he could be sentenced to an additional 120 years imprisonment if convicted on all counts. He was previously facing 15 years in prison for each of five counts of making false statements to an insurance regulator.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | November 19, 2002
Incredulous legislators grilled Maryland pension system executives yesterday about how they could have failed to get rid of a money manager who had been indicted for fraud. The money manager, Alan B. Bond, would go on to steal millions from the pension fund. But top officials said it wasn't their responsibility to let him go - pointing the finger at Nathan A. Chapman Jr., the Baltimore investment banker who hired Bond to invest pension funds. Sen. Edward J. Kasemeyer, chairman of the General Assembly's Joint Committee on Pensions, said "it is beyond my comprehension" that the state pension board did not even discuss Bond's 1999 indictment on charges of defrauding other pension systems.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
The owner of an Owings Mills medical firm is accused of defrauding Medicare and Medicaid of more than $7.5 million in a federal indictment unsealed Monday. Federal prosecutors say Alpha Diagnostics owner Rafael Chikvashvili, 67, of Baltimore created false examination reports, submitted insurance claims for medical procedures that were never performed by licensed physicians, and overbilled Medicare and Medicaid, among other fraudulent acts. The X-ray company's offices in Owings Mills and Harrisburg, Pa., were raided last October by the FBI. Chikvashvili directed his employees, who were not doctors, to interpret X-rays, medical tests, ultrasounds and cardiological exams, rather than paying licensed physicians to do the work, the indictment alleged.
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By Matthew Dolan and Sun reporter | October 20, 2005
A federal grand jury accused a Democratic former state senator from Baltimore County yesterday of accepting bribes from a local construction company president vying for millions of dollars worth of state contracts. The long-expected indictment against Thomas L. Bromwell, his wife, Mary Pat, and former Poole and Kent Co. President W. David Stoffregen outlines a complex scheme of payoffs and contract fraud that abused a system intended to help companies run by women or minorities. Over five years, the Bromwells were paid almost $300,000 by Stoffregen in the form of free home construction work and a salary to Mary Pat Bromwell for a no-show job at a "front" company posing as a female-owned subcontractor, according to the indictment.
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By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2013
Allegations that a cabal of Black Guerrilla Family gang members effectively took over the Baltimore City Detention Center have prompted a rare out-of-session legislative hearing on the state's prison system. The House Judiciary Committee scheduled a May 8 public inquiry into the matter, according to committee members and staff.  The House Appropriations Committee, which oversees funding for the prison system, has been invited to attend the 1 p.m. meeting.  A federal indictment unsealed Tuesday alleged the BGF gang, under the leadership of inmate Tavon White, established a lucrative smuggling operation that involved corrupt female corrections officers.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2011
While some college students consider fake IDs a rite of passage, the Maryland U.S. attorney underscored their illegality Thursday, announcing federal charges against a scholarship winner accused of making and selling phony driver's licenses from his College Park dorm for a few months in 2009. Theodore Stephen Michaels — a straight-A, triple major at the University of Maryland who goes by "Teddy" — could face decades in prison if he's convicted of the 16 counts returned against him. His attorney, Steven D. Kupferberg, said that Michaels, arrested Wednesday, will likely plead not guilty during his arraignment, which hasn't been scheduled.
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October 2, 2013
Perhaps it's time for our nation to look long and hard at our faltering, staid conventional two-party system. It has pathetically morphed into a churlish, immature tug of war between the Democrats and Republicans (" Under federal shutdown, many Marylanders face an uncertain work week," Oct. 1). When the country's leadership has devolved into immature, garrulous factions of both parties whose intentions are unequivocally self-serving, it's high time to reconsider our tradition-based system of governance.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2013
Federal prosecutors have taken on the case of a Baltimore City firefighter accused of running a prostitution ring, alleging that he lured women to the city to work for him from as far away as Texas and South Dakota. Prosecutors say Jamar Simmons, 30, and his partner, Franklin Roosevelt Coit, 34, had been bringing women into Maryland since 2009. In March 2012, Simmons found a woman online, identified in the indictment only as C.F., and with Coit arranged for her to be brought from South Dakota to work as a prostitute, prosecutors allege.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2010
Like many homeowners facing a teetering economy, Suzanne Hall decided to refinance her Cockeysville home. She wanted out of her adjustable-rate mortgage, so she locked in a conventional, 30-year fixed loan with PNC Bank. Her interest rate was to drop from 6.5 percent to 5 1/8 percent, translating into a $150 a month savings on her payments. Maple Leaf Title took $379,258.17 from PNC Bank and was supposed to pay off Hall's old loan through MetLife. But the money never reached its destination, federal prosecutors said, and instead was pocketed by the Towson-based title company.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
DNA recovered from a blanket taken from a crime scene decades ago has helped prosecutors bring charges against a Baltimore man they say raped and killed a 75-year-old woman in 1981. Phillip D. Lee, 55, is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree sex offense in the death of Anna Dorthea Smith. He has been held since mid-August without bail. Police and prosecutors announced his indictment Friday. The indictment "highlights the power of DNA analysis, which led us to this defendant," Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein said.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | August 24, 2014
A truism: Almost nobody looks good in his booking photo. That said, the 47th governor of Texas, one James Richard Perry, certainly gave it his best shot when he faced the camera at the Travis County Courthouse last week. The resultant image is ... not terrible. Perry is caught somewhere between a tight smile and an outright grimace, his mien taut with confidence and seriousness of purpose. Gazing on that photo, one cannot help but suspect that a transparently political indictment designed by his Democratic opponents to cripple this presumed presidential aspirant might actually help him instead.
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By Steven H. Levin, Charles N. Curlett Jr. and Michael T. Cornacchia | August 8, 2014
On an evening in June 2013, New Jersey Det. Joseph Walker was driving his minivan along Route 3 near Interstate 97 with his wife and three young children when he accidentally drifted into Joseph Harvey Jr.'s lane of traffic. Harvey, who was with a passenger, Adam Pidel, responded by yelling racial slurs at Detective Walker and his family, who are African-American, and issuing a death threat. Harvey eventually forced the Walkers from the road and sped off only to pull over 50 yards ahead.
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Staff Reports, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
A California man has been indicted for alleged sexual solicitation of an Anne Arundel County teenager he met online, according to Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Anne Colt Leitess. Murray Lee Chesak, 25, of Ontario, Calif., was indicted Friday and was extradited to Maryland on Monday, according to the state's attorney's office. He was charged with four counts of sexual solicitation of a minor, soliciting child pornography and displaying obscene material to a minor. On March 10, a father reported to Anne Arundel County police he believed his 15-year-old daughter was communicating online with an adult from California.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
The 34-year-old man charged with shooting and critically wounding an off-duty Baltimore police officer this year has been indicted in federal court on drug and weapons charges, according to court records unsealed this week. Gregg Thomas was arrested in March, accused of shooting Sgt. Keith Mcneill outside an auto repair shop in East Baltimore. At the time, Thomas' brother, Lamont Thomas, was facing federal charges after being pulled over by police who allege they found drugs in his vehicle.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | June 6, 2014
A former long-term substitute at an Ellicott City middle school already facing child porn and sex abuse charges was indicted on an additional 50 counts of child pornography by a Howard County grand jury this week.  Jeremy Sykes, 43, of Hesperus Drive in Columbia, was indicted on the additional 50 counts on June 3. The additional charges were filed by police in May after investigators said they discovered 50 images of child pornography on Sykes'...
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June 18, 2011
A few weeks ago, Democrat John Edwards, former North Carolina senator and vice presidential candidate, was indicted on six counts of campaign fund fraud. The story was page 11 in The Sun. In the Friday, June 17, 2011 edition of The Sun, the couple who pled guilty to bribing the Democratic P.G. County executive was a one paragraph page 4 item. In the same edition, coverage of the resignation of Democratic House of Representative member Anthony Weiner for a sex scandal got page 8 coverage.
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By Annie Linskey and Julie Bykowicz and Baltimore Sun reporters | June 16, 2011
Two longtime political operatives who worked last year on Republican former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s gubernatorial return campaign were indicted today for ordering what the state prosecutor called deceptive robocalls intended to suppress votes on the night of the election. Julius Henson and Paul Schurick each face three counts of conspiracy to violate Maryland election laws, one count of attempting to influence a voter's decision and one count of failing to provide an authority line (on campaign material)
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | May 12, 2014
Two men charged in the theft of an automated teller machine (ATM) from an Ellicott City CITGO last month have been indicted by a Howard County Grand Jury.  Muyideen Ayinla Nureni, 31, of Hyattsville, and Patric Jamal Frazier, 25, of Washington D.C., were indicted on second-degree burglary, theft, conspiracy and other charges in connection with the April 10 incident. Both have been released on $500,000 bond, according to the indictment handed down on May 7. According to police, officers were dispatched to the CITGO, located in the 8300 block of Baltimore National Pike, at 2 a.m. April 10 for a report of a burglary.
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By Jessica Anderson and Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
Timothy Virts, subject of a manhunt last month that triggered a multistate Amber Alert ending at a South Carolina motel, has been formally indicted on charges that he abducted his 11-year-old daughter and killed her mother, Bobbie Jo Cortez, 36. Virts was indicted Monday by a grand jury in Baltimore County on nine counts, including murder, kidnapping, attempted sexual abuse and other charges, according to court records. The murder charge alone carries a potential life sentence. No trial date has been set, but Virts is expected to appear in court for an arraignment hearing within 30 days.
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