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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2014
Towson gynecologist Dr. John Yacoub pleaded guilty Wednesday to illegally dispensing narcotic painkillers to his girlfriend and two others, according to federal court documents. Under a plea agreement, the former OB/GYN and surgeon at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Saint Agnes Hospital avoids a trial and could receive a reduced sentence, according to the documents. The maximum penalty he faces under federal guidelines is 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Federal authorities began investigating Yacoub last year based on a tip from a member of his staff who reported that he kept large bottles of drugs, considered controlled dangerous substances under federal law, in his office.
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NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
Watching your back can get tiring. Just ask Lindell Session.  Session, 26, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court this week to possession of a firearm by a felon, after authorities say he was found snoozing in the driver's seat of his car - clutching a loaded .38 Special.  A city police sergeant was on patrol on Nov. 2, 2013 at 9:50 a.m. when a citizen flagged him down in the 2400 block of E. North Ave. and told him there was a man sleeping in...
NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
A corrections officer at the Baltimore City Detention Center received a 30-month prison term Tuesday for her role in a wide-ranging drug smuggling plot hatched by members of the Black Guerrilla Family gang. Katrina Laprade, 32, pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge in November and was sentenced the day before the anniversary of the initial indictment in the case being unsealed. Federal investigators found that inmates and the corrections officers worked together to smuggle drugs and cell phones into the downtown Baltimore jail.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2014
A Pasadena man pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to tipping off a major cocaine dealer that his phone was being monitored after learning about the tap from a local court official. Last June, Joshua Ferguson, 34, found out from a friend who worked at the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court that authorities were conducting a wiretap investigation, and the next day called one of the targets of the investigation to warn him. The court employee, Sarah Harris, 23, had learned about the investigation when a Drug Enforcement Administration task force officer came in to file applications for other electronic surveillance in the case.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2014
An Odenton man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to laundering money in a scheme involving stolen waste vegetable oil. Anthony Jean-Claude, 40, admitted in a plea agreement that he operated a scheme involving waste vegetable oil, which can be recycled into biodiesel fuel or as an additive for animal feed. According to Jean-Claude's plea agreement filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, he started in 2010 by teaming up with a partner to steal waste oil from restaurants in Maryland, Virginia and Washington using a flatbed truck and a mechanical pump.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
An Annapolis man was sentenced Wednesday to more than seven years in federal prison following a plea agreement on drug distribution charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Shawn Anthony Pollard, 35, to 92 months in prison on charges of conspiring to distribute cocaine and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. Bennett also sentenced him to three years of supervised release. Pollard pleaded guilty last April.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2013
An administrator with wide-ranging access to the supposedly secret transactions on the Silk Road online market pleaded guilty to a drug charge Thursday in Baltimore after he was caught in a federal sting in January. Curtis Clark Green, 47, was unmasked as postal inspectors delivered a kilogram of cocaine to his Utah home. He had given his address to an undercover agent. Green's plea agreement reveals more details about how federal agents in Maryland closed in on the operators of the shadowy Internet site over the course of two years and built cases against its users and administrators.
NEWS
By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2013
A former state Social Services supervisor was sentenced to nearly three years in prison Friday after he admitted using the personal information of nearly 90 bank account holders in a scheme to steal more than $500,000. Michael Bowman, 61 of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and was sentenced to 33 months in prison and three years of supervised probation. Bowman came to the attention of federal investigators in September 2011, when a work email account at the Maryland Department of Social Services was flagged for suspicious activity.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2013
The head teller at a Perry Hall bank and the reputed leader of a drug trafficking organization pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a money laundering conspiracy, court records show. According to a copy of their plea agreements, Deanna Bailey was a member of a drug ring that moved at least 500 pounds of marijuana from the "southwestern United States to Maryland for the purpose of distributing it for profit once it arrived. " The government alleges Bailey was head of the organization - she says she was only a member, records show.
NEWS
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2013
The owner of a College Park waste collection business pleaded guilty Monday to transporting stolen property as part of a scheme to steal waste vegetable oil, the U.S. attorney's office announced. Ahmad Qaabid Abdul-Rahim, 37, admitted in a plea agreement entered in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to receiving nearly $99,000 for selling more than 94,000 gallons of stolen waste vegetable oil during a nine-month period last year. Abdul-Rahim, who according to the plea agreement once played football at the University of Maryland, acknowledged that he and a friend first stole waste vegetable oil in 2010 from restaurants in Prince George's County, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia.
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