In these days of digital access, a person's identifying information can be used in a variety of ways. One of those ways is for financial purposes. Some people might decide to use the personal identifying information of someone else to gain financially or for a variety of other reasons. This information can be a name, birth date, drivers' license number, Social Security number or any other information. It is important for our Maryland readers to know some basic information about identity theft.
When most people hear the term domestic violence, they often think of a spouse who is abusing another spouse. That, however, is a misconception because in Maryland, being married isn't necessary to face a domestic violence charge. A recent case between sisters highlights this point.
Police have taken into custody two young men that were allegedly involved with the burglary of a business at the Wisp Resort on Marsh Hill Road in McHenry. The accused, ages 18 and 19, were charged with second and fourth degree burglary and theft. The 18-year-old has been released after posting a $10,000 bond, and the 19-year-old remains jailed on a $25,000 bond.
Three Maryland men are facing charges in connection with their alleged conspiracy to steal prescription drugs from two federal military hospitals. It is alleged that two of the men, who worked as pharmacy technicians at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, were involved in a scheme to steal prescription drugs from hospital pharmacies where they were stored and to sell the drugs to a third party, who was also charged. One of the two pharmacy technicians, age 61, allegedly stole Norditropin and Botox from Walter Reed and sold these drugs to the second technician, a 42-year-old man. The 42-year-old is also accused of stealing Norditropin from Fort Belvoir and then selling all of the drugs to the third party, a 39-year-old.
Estimates from police claim that about 10,000 gallons of diesel fuel were stolen from January to August 2013 in Anne Arundel County. In early September, police received clues from an unidentified source that implicated a 49-year-old man in the thefts. Police claim that they later observed this individual stealing diesel fuel on two separate instances in August, but they did not say how this related to the other thefts.
Two Anne Arundel County women have been charged with theft and other crimes after allegedly stealing items from a car that was parked in a parking lot at the Marley Station Mall in Glen Burnie. The two women reportedly attempted to evade police by driving away, which led to a foot chase involving one of the women through the mall before she was taken into custody.
Three Maryland men were taken into custody for their roles in an alleged prescription fraud scheme that authorities say netted them over $2.5 million. Aggravated identity theft charges the men face are in addition to one count each of health care fraud.
A Lanham man who was allegedly driving while intoxicated crashed through glass windows and into a Wendy's restaurant. The crash happened moments after the man, who was stopped at a red light, did not move when the light turned green. The car behind him honked the horn, and the man accelerated, driving through some bushes, a parking lot and through the restaurant's windows.
Police and EMS were called to the area of 7th Street and Philadelphia Ave. in Ocean City on a reported collision between an automobile and a municipal bus. According to police, a municipal bus was traveling south on Philadelphia Avenue when a westbound car allegedly ran a stop sign and crashed into the bus. The vehicle then hit a parked vehicle and fled the scene.
A 42-year-old man allegedly used a state-issued credit card and charged almost $95,000 while working at the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. According to his records, the man recently faced a theft charge for stealing between $10,000 and $100,000. The MAGO worked with the Maryland State Police to investigate the crime. The accused man supposedly used the credit card fraudulently between Jan. 18, 2011 and Feb. 29, 2012 when he worked at the Victor Cullen Center, a juvenile treatment facility, as the food administrator. He may face a sentence of up to 15 years in prison along with a $15,000 fine if he is convicted of the crime.