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By Marina Sarris and Marina Sarris,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writers John W. Frece and Frank Langfitt contributed to this article | December 1, 1994
Bruce C. Bereano, who helped transform the role of lobbyists in Maryland from advocates to campaign rainmakers, was convicted of mail fraud yesterday.A U.S. District Court jury deliberated five hours before finding the flamboyant lobbyist guilty of tricking his clients into paying for more than $16,000 in illegal campaign contributions to Maryland politicians.Subdued but obviously upset, Bereano, 49, the highest paid lobbyist in Annapolis, conceded his disappointment at the verdict -- but not defeat.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | January 25, 1996
The president of Wye River Inc. says his conviction and one-year sentence for mail fraud won't stop his company from being a competitor in the local seafood seasoning market."
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By CHICAGO TRIBUNE | January 21, 1997
SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Although accused of helping to steal human eggs and embryos from women and implant them in others, Dr. Sergio Stone faces mail fraud charges when his trial begins today.That he will not be charged in the alleged conspiracy to misuse the eggs and embryos of couples desperately trying to have children has angered many.But there is a good reason why Stone, along with two other doctors from the now-closed University of California Irvine Center for Reproductive Health, face no criminal charges for reproductive theft.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | December 4, 1999
Five of the seven judges of Maryland's top court excused themselves yesterday as Bruce C. Bereano, the well-connected Annapolis lobbyist, struggled to explain why he should keep his law license.An emotional Bereano represented himself at an unusual Court of Appeals hearing to determine whether he will be disbarred as a result of his 1994 mail fraud conviction. One retired and four lower court judges replaced members of the bench who stepped aside without offering reasons.Chief Judge Robert M. Bell said through a spokesman only that the court members had discussed the case and decided that the five -- himself included -- should not participate.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | October 28, 1998
"Congratulations!" read the letters mailed to hundreds of thousands of prospective students around the country. "You have been selected by the National Scholarship Program."More than 50,000 of the future students said, "Why not?" and sent in a $10 processing fee. The result? More than a half-million dollars found its way into the pockets of an alleged con man.That's the scheme that federal agents say Christopher Nwaigwe engineered from a modest Essex apartment between 1992 and 1996.An indictment filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore charges Nwaigwe with mail fraud in the operation of 10 "scholarship programs" that deluded students into thinking they had won grants worth $2,500 to $7,500.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2010
Legal rulings coming soon from the U.S. Supreme Court could cut to the heart of a federal probe into a powerful Maryland state senator and affect the years-old convictions of top state lobbyists. If the court overturns a federal mail fraud statute often used in public corruption cases, investigations under way in Maryland and across the country could be tossed, and previous convictions could be overturned. Many legal observers who watch the court closely believe that, at the very least, new limits on how the law may be used are forthcoming.
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By Matthew Dolan and Matthew Dolan,SUN STAFF | September 8, 2005
Two years after federal authorities began investigating a former state senator and a Baltimore construction company that received high-profile state jobs, one of the firm's former partners has been charged with mail fraud and tax evasion in U.S. District Court. The charges stem from a broader grand jury investigation of Poole and Kent Co. and its connection to former state Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell, who once chaired the Senate Finance Committee and resigned his seat in 2002 to become head of the state's Injured Workers Insurance Fund.
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By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,SUN STAFF | September 23, 2000
Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence Gerard E. Evans, once the highest-paid lobbyist in Annapolis, to five to six years in prison for defrauding some of his clients. The U.S. attorney's office also wants Evans, who was convicted of nine counts of mail fraud, to be ordered to pay nearly $500,000 in fines and restitution. As prosecutors filed papers in U.S. District Court in Baltimore recommending the penalties for Evans, they also announced that they will not retry Del. Tony E. Fulton on charges that he helped in the scheme to defraud Evans' clients.
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By New York Times News Service | January 17, 1992
NEW YORK -- In a case that provoked impassioned outcries from pet lovers, the owners of the Long Island Pet Cemetery were convicted of mail fraud yesterday for dumping thousands of dead dogs and cats in mass graves and bilking thousands of people who had paid for dignified burials for their pets.The cemetery owners, Samuel J. Strauss, 71, and his son, Alan J. Strauss, 36, were each found guilty of 45 counts of mail fraud and are expected under federal sentencing guidelines to be sentenced to at least 6 1/2 years in prison, said Andrew J. Maloney, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | May 14, 1996
The owner of a New Jersey company pleaded guilty to mail fraud yesterday in a scheme that shipped substandard nuts, bolts and screws to government defense contractors in Maryland and two other states. Some fasteners were used to build torpedoes and an early-warning attack system.Joseph Prussin, 61, owner of Flag Fasteners in Carlstadt, is to be sentenced by Judge Benson E. Legg in Baltimore on July 17.Pub Date: 5/14/96
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