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Senate Bill 92 and House Bill 45, the
Accountability in Education Act of 2019, were introduced in both Maryland state
legislative bodies on January 11, 2019, for the purpose of establishing
an independent education monitoring unit in the state. Among other
things, the intent would be for the unit to provide an annual report
that includes specific findings and recommendations related to
investigations of disciplinary actions, grievances; alleged cases of
fraud, waste and abuse. or unethical conduct.
Maryland Attorney General Announces Settlements with Fiat Chrysler and Bosch to Resolve Diesel Cheating Allegations Fiat Must Repair Cars, Pay Consumers and Substantial Penalties; Parts Supplier Bosch Must Pay for Its Role in the VW and Fiat/Chrysler Emissions Scandals
January 10, 2019– The Maryland Attorney General announced settlements with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Fiat) and Bosch, resolving allegations the companies engaged in and facilitated cheating diesel emissions tests, defrauding consumers, and causing dangerous and illegal amounts of air pollution.
January 8, 2019- The Maryland Attorney General announced that he along with the Attorneys General of 42 other states and the District of Columbia, reached a settlement with The Neiman Marcus Group, LLC. Under the terms of the settlement, Neiman Marcus has agreed to pay $1.5 million and implement a number of policies to resolve a multistate investigation into the 2013 breach of customer payment card data at 77 Neiman Marcus stores...The breach took place over the course of several months and compromised the names and payment card data collected at Neiman Marcus retail stores throughout the United States.The states’ investigation determined that approximately 370,000 payment cards were compromised, including 8,323 associated with Maryland consumers. At least 9,200 of the payment cards compromised in the breach were used fraudulently.
"Alleged Ponzi scheme mastermind told wife to hide assets, feds say
With his accounts frozen and luxury cars towed, Kevin B. Merrill allegedly planned to flash his wife instructions to hide his remaining treasures.Instead, prison guards found the note hidden in the sock of the jailed Towson businessman...Merrill had a fleet of Rolls Royces, Ferraris and Lamborghinis, prosecutors say. Federal agents arrested him in September and raided his $1.06 million home in Baltimore County. He and his business partner have been indicted on federal charges of wire fraud, identity theft, and money laundering...(The two men) have pleaded not guilty... Investors believed they were buying 'consumer debt portfolios,' bundles of debt on student loans, credit cards and car loans. Instead, the businessmen were shifting money from new investors to old investors, prosecutors say, while skimming millions off the top," according to the Baltimore Sun.
Source: Jan. 4, 2019, Baltimore Sun at https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/bs-md-amanda-merrill-charges-20190103-story.html
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The Maryland Attorney General announced: "Fraudulent Ponzi Scheme Promoter Defendants Ordered to Pay Nearly $4 Million Penalty
BALTIMORE, MD (January 4, 2019)- Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced today that his Securities Division obtained an injunction against Ronald D. Morley, Diane Morley, and the Morleys’ companies, the New Wealth, LLC, Main Street Estate Group, Inc.and Jenny DB Properties,LLC, for violations of Maryland law related to the sale of fraudulent securities of Summit Trust Company and other issuers.
The civil complaint charged the defendants with 11 counts of violating the Maryland Securities Act in connection with their involvement in multiple fraudulent offerings of unregistered securities issued by the
Morleys’ companies and by Summit Trust Company, a Nevada chartered trust company. Simultaneously with the filing of the complaint, the Morleys consented to the entry of both an administrative Consent Order and a civil Final Judgment and Consent Order for Permanent Injunction that, among other things,assesses a civil monetary penalty of $3,999,715 against the Morleys."