Posted On: October 26, 2012

Prince Frederick Doctor Indicted for Health Care Fraud, Distribution of Drugs

Maryland Prescription Drug CrimeAccording to a SoMDNews.com report, a Prince Frederick physician was recently indicted by a federal grand jury for charges of illegal distribution of drugs and health care fraud in connection to several pain management clinics he operated. The 75-year-old physician was indicted on eight charges of distributing and dispensing methadone, 14 charges of distributing and dispensing oxycodone, and 15 counts of health care fraud, and the indictment alleges that the man ran a “pill mill” out of his clinics in Waldorf, Greenbelt, and Prince Frederick.

The doctor, authorized to dispense medicine to patients for valid purposes, is accused of giving individuals prescriptions for controlled substances, such as oxycodone and methadone, for a fee without any legitimate medical purpose. According to a press release, the indictment states that from at least 2007 through July 2011 the physician also filed fraudulent insurance claims in a scheme to defraud Medicare, Medicaid, and the U.S. Department of Labor, among other organizations, and reportedly submitted claims falsely seeking reimbursement for patients’ office visits that did not occur.

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Posted On: October 19, 2012

Police Find Bullets in Middle School Student’s Jeans, Marks Third Gun Incident in Baltimore County Schools

MD Juvenile Weapons ChargeAccording to a report in The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore County police discovered a handful of bullets in the jeans of a Deer Park Middle Magnet student after two 12 year old boys reportedly traded a Bersa .3380-caliber gun for an Xbox 360. The discovery was made after the jeans were left in a school locker room. This dangerous exchange marks the third gun-related incident in Baltimore County Schools since the school year began in late August. A shooting at Perry Hall High School also left one student seriously injured.

The gun in this exchange was legally registered to a man who lives with one of the boys who traded the gun, but presently no charges have been filed against the gun owner. The 12-year-old students were charged as juveniles with various handgun-related violations, and police state that there was no indication that the boys had plans to harm students or staff at Deer Park.

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Posted On: October 15, 2012

Maryland Rabbi Sentenced to Four Years for Fraud, Sold Fake Holocaust Torahs

A federal judge in Manhattan sentenced a Maryland-based rabbi to 51 months in prison for defrauding contributors to his Save a Torah Foundation and selling scrolls with “bogus Holocaust provenance.” As reported by The Washington Post, the Baltimore resident, who was also a Torah scribe who managed his family’s Jewish bookstore in Wheaton, pled guilty in February to mail and wire fraud. The rabbi claimed that he found holy relics at concentration camps, monasteries, and mass graves in Europe, though passport records show he never traveled there.

Prosecutors stated that instead he bought old Torahs from local dealers who made no claims that the scrolls had Holocaust-related historic value, and sold them to individuals with tales of “rescuing the sacred Torah scrolls lost during the Holocaust.” In a 43-page sentencing memo, prosecutors said that the man used these fabricated stories to raise $1.4 million for his charity, and was recently liquidating and reassigning his assets to avoid paying restitution.

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Posted On: October 9, 2012

New Domestic Violence Laws Go Into Effect in Maryland This Month

Maryland Domestic Violence Law
The month of October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the York Daily Record reports that new laws are going into effect this month which may protect Maryland residents from abuse.

Data from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention in Maryland indicates that 17,931 domestic violence crimes were reported in 2010 in addition to 18 domestic violence-related homicides, prompting officials to pass legislation that may help protect domestic violence victims.

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Posted On: October 4, 2012

D.C. Man Arrested, Charged in Fatal Beating of Cousin Following Dispute

According to a report by The Washington Post, a fugitive squad recently arrested a suspect wanted for a fatal beating on May 26, which left one man dead. The two men involved in this case were cousins and close friends since childhood, but police report that after a night of drinking, an argument between the two escalated and turned into a fistfight and then a killing when one of the men slammed the other’s head into “the pavement of the street.” The deadly beating happened at Abbey Place and L Street NE, approximately five blocks from where the 25-year-old victim lives with his grandmother in Washington D.C.

Documents filed in D.C. Superior Court indicate that the cousins were outside drinking around 4 a.m. after returning from a club. After reportedly being thrown to the ground, the victim fell unconscious but eventually came to and asked for help, and relatives drove him to Washington Hospital Center. Authorities report the young man went into a coma May 29 and died June 4, and his death was ruled as a homicide by blunt-force trauma.

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Posted On: October 1, 2012

Jessup, MD Prostitution Sting Results in 23 Arrests

MD Prostitution ArrestA Maryland prostitution sting that combined the efforts of federal agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), a division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and local and state police departments netted 23 arrests. The Baltimore Sun reports that this Jessup, MD joint sting operation was part of an effort to target human trafficking, and the men arrested allegedly solicited sex from undercover officers along U.S. 1.

An HSI spokeswoman states that while the arrests were on state charges and the men have not been implicated in human trafficking, they will be interviewed by federal investigators to try and garner information that may help crack a prostitution ring.

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