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By Los Angeles Times | June 7, 2007
WASHINGTON -- The founder of a Republican environmental organization was charged yesterday with tax evasion and obstruction of justice as part of the federal criminal investigation into lobbying practices in the Jack Abramoff corruption scandal. Italia Federici, president of the Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy, allegedly failed to pay more than $77,000 in federal income taxes from 2001 to 2003 and made "false and fictitious" statements before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee in 2005, as it probed Abramoff's lobbying for Native American tribes.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
A California man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to his role in the 2009 killing of a friend's spouse on the Eastern Shore. Dellando Recardo Campbell, 31, of Lemoore, Calif., admitted helping Ryan Holness, 33, luring Holness' 26-year-old wife, Serika Dunkley Holness, from New York to Maryland in order to kill her, staging the crime as a fatal carjacking. He pleaded guilty to the charge of interstate domestic violence resulting in the death of a spouse. If the deal is accepted by a U.S. District Court judge, Campbell could receive up to 30 years in jail.
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By New York Times News Service | October 16, 1993
WASHINGTON -- One of the world's largest medical device manufacturers has agreed to plead guilty to more than 390 counts of fraud and human experimentation for selling untested heart catheters, Food and Drug Administration officials said yesterday. The sales resulted in at least one death and 22 emergency heart surgeries.The settlement, under which the company, C. R. Bard Inc., is to pay $61 million, is the largest health fraud case ever handled by the FDA and the Justice Department.Six executives were indicted separately and have not yet entered a plea.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun and The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
A former high-ranking Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs official pleaded guilty to extortion Monday in federal court after falsely claiming about $1.4 million in government benefits over a 16-year period. David Clark, a 67-year-old Hydes resident, admitted fabricating documents and claims to secure federal benefits and state tax waivers for himself and at least 17 other veterans. He acknowledged making up records in his role as the deputy chief of claims for the state agency, including fake doctors' letters saying that claimants suffered from diabetes and documents listing false tours of Vietnam and awards such as Purple Hearts from 1995 until his retirement in 2011.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | April 23, 2002
The son of a Perry Hall real estate broker admitted yesterday to helping his father in an extensive property flipping and mortgage fraud scheme that allegedly cost the federal government nearly $4 million. Steven Todd Schmidbauer, 40, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to make false statements. In two instances, he signed falsified documents to get government-backed mortgages arranged by his father, William Otto Schmidbauer. In both cases, Steven Schmidbauer defaulted on the loan, costing the government $161,151, court records show.
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By Scott Higham and Scott Higham,SUN STAFF | January 30, 1997
Facing potentially damaging evidence, a key player in an international Nigerian credit card fraud ring decided yesterday to plead guilty to money laundering charges in Baltimore, as well as heroin trafficking charges in New York.Christopher Tizhe, 36, will enter the plea today in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, his lawyer said during a hearing yesterday. Under the deal, Tizhe will receive 14 years in prison, but he will not be required to cooperate with federal prosecutors or agents.U.S.
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By Matthew Dolan and Matthew Dolan,Sun reporter | July 12, 2007
Lonny Baxter, a former Maryland men's basketball standout who admitted last year to shooting a gun near the White House, plans to plead guilty next week to a related federal firearms violation, his attorney confirmed yesterday. Baxter, who was released from jail in October and has been playing for Montepaschi Siena in Italy's first division, was charged yesterday in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt with failing to disclose weapons he shipped by express mail from Texas to College Park. His lawyer, Richard A. Finci, said Baxter would plead guilty next Thursday.
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,SUN REPORTER | August 21, 2007
Atlanta Falcons star Michael Vick, one of the NFL's most exciting and marketable quarterbacks the past six seasons, will plead guilty to career-threatening federal charges tied to a dogfighting ring operated on his Virginia property, his attorney said yesterday. Vick will formally enter his plea Monday as part of an agreement with federal prosecutors that includes a recommendation for prison time. A government official told the Associated Press that prosecutors will recommend Vick be sentenced to between a year and 18 months in prison.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | October 5, 2004
Ravens running back Jamal Lewis has agreed to plead guilty Thursday in federal court in Atlanta on the charge of using a cell phone to facilitate a drug transaction, a violation of the NFL's substance-abuse program that will trigger disciplinary action from the league. Several reports were broadcast last night speculating the length of the suspension might be two to four games. Terms of the plea deal, first reported by The Sun on Saturday, could become public as early as today pending a decision from U.S. District Judge Orinda D. Evans.
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By Raymond L. Sanchez and Raymond L. Sanchez,Evening Sun Staff | March 20, 1991
Tarey Faust was seeking revenge.Earlier on that hot July night, a group of white men had taunted Faust with racial slurs after he stopped at a pay phone at Miles Avenue and 29th Street in Remington. Faust fled after a bottle shattered the rear window of his car. He went to his home in the 2800 block of Remington Ave., phoned his best friend and they went looking for the men, prosecutors said.Faust, who is black, was stabbed twice in the ensuing confrontation. His friend, Harold Parker, 27, died after being stabbed three times during the July 18 incident.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2014
A Baltimore City schools police officer pleaded guilty Monday to drug conspiracy charges in U.S. District Court, and faces no less than five years in prison. Napoleon McLain Jr., 31, a four-year veteran whose father was a longtime Baltimore Police homicide detective, pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute crack cocaine and drug possession with intent to distribute cocaine base. According to his plea agreement, McLain sold cocaine to a confidential source, who was working with authorities, on four occasions between December 2012 and August 2013.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
A former youth counselor at Fort George G. Meade has pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact and sexual abuse of a minor in federal court. Anthony Dennis Williams II, 28, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on Friday. In the plea, Williams acknowledged engaging in sexual contact with a child between the age of 12 and 16. At sentencing, Williams will face a maximum of two years in prison on the sexual contact charge and 15 years on the sexual abuse charge. Both prosecutors and defense attorneys said a sentence of seven to 10 years would be appropriate, according to the plea agreement.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2014
Towson-based defense attorney Jill Swerdlin pleaded guilty Friday to drug-related charges, prosecutors said. Swerdlin, who represented accused drug dealers, admitted to smuggling Suboxone strips into the Baltimore County Detention Center during visits with clients, according to a statement from the Baltimore County State's Attorney's office. She also received Oxycodone as payment for legal services and arranged by other means to purchase the drug, the statement said. Swerdlin, 47, a member of the Maryland State Bar Association since 1991, agreed to consent to disbarment as part of the plea agreement.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2014
Dr. William Dando pleaded not guilty and is requesting a jury trial on charges he sexually assaulted a female patient at an urgent care center near Cumberland, according to court records updated Monday. Dando appeared Tuesday in Allegany County Circuit Court and his trial is scheduled for Sept. 13. Neither he nor his attorney, R. Steven Friend of Cumberland, could be reached for comment. Dando was indicted last month on sex offense charges after a 41-year-old woman told police he inappropriately touched her during an unchaperoned pelvic examination at MedExpress Urgent Care Center in LaVale in April.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
A 59-year-old Pikesville man pleaded guilty on Friday of conspiracy to traffic in black market cigarettes, the U.S. Attorney for Maryland announced Friday. Adam Azerman drove a van loaded with contraband cigarettes from Maryland to Brooklyn for a family crime organization that trafficked more than $6.6 million in black market cigarettes and illegal foreign drugs through a Baltimore restaurant and a Pikesville pharmacy. The statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office, said that Azerman's co-conspirators would meet him in Brooklyn, take the van and return it empty a few hours later.
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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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By NEWSDAY | May 25, 1999
NEW YORK -- In a dramatic development that would confirm one of New York's most horrific allegations of police brutality, Officer Justin Volpe is to plead guilty today to crimes stemming from the brutal assault on Haitian immigrant Abner Louima.With Volpe's defense in tatters, his attorney, Marvyn Kornberg, asked to speak with U.S. District Judge Eugene Nickerson about 3: 45 p.m. yesterday, during a break in Volpe's trial with four other officers."With respect to the defendant Volpe, your honor we would like to enter a plea" today, Kornberg said, according to a transcript of the conversation, which occurred outside the jury's hearing.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | May 22, 2014
A Bel Air man pleaded guilty Wednesday to child pornography possession, the Harford County State's Attorney's Office said. Walter Aycock, 61, entered a guilty plea to two counts of possession of child pornography in Harford County Circuit Court and was sentenced to serve 10 years, with all but one year suspended, Harford County State's Attorney Joseph Cassilly said in a news release. After he is released, Aycock will serve five years of supervised probation. He was ordered to be monitored by the Department of Parole and Probation, undergo psychiatric treatment, not have contact with children and not have Internet access.
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