SoMD Person Among Six MD Officers Facing Federal Fraud Costs
Greenbelt, Maryland – A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging an officer for the Fairmount Heights Law enforcement Division, the Anne Arundel County Police Division, the Maryland-National Capital Park Law enforcement, and a few officers from the Prince George’s County Law enforcement Section (PGPD) with federal fees for conspiracy to dedicate bank fraud, wire fraud and/or mail fraud. The indictment was returned on July 28, 2021, and unsealed right now. The following defendants are charged in the federal indictment.
- Conrad Darwin D’Haiti, age 52, of La Plata, Maryland, of the Maryland-Countrywide Funds Park Police
- Philip James Dupree, age 37, of Pikesville, Maryland, of the Fairmount Heights Police Office
- Mark Ross Johnson, Jr., age 33, of Camp Springs, Maryland, of the PGPD
- Michael Anthony Owen, Jr., age 33, of Accokeek, Maryland, of the PGPD
- Jaron Earl Taylor, age 27, of Ft. Washington, Maryland, of the Anne Arundel County Police Department and
- Candace Danielle Tyler, age 34, of District Heights, Maryland, of the PGPD.
Dupree, Johnson, Taylor, and Tyler are envisioned to have an first appearance this afternoon in U.S. District Courtroom in Greenbelt. D’Haiti is predicted to switch himself in at a later date and Owen is detained on an unrelated State charge. Equally will have initial appearances in U.S. District Courtroom at a later on date.
The indictment was declared by Performing United States Legal professional for the District of Maryland Jonathan F. Lenzner Special Agent in Demand Thomas J. Sobocinski of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Subject Workplace and Main Malik Azziz of the Prince George’s County Police Section.
In accordance to the a few-count indictment, the defendants conspired to commit 3 independent frauds, just about every of which included filing untrue law enforcement studies and falsified reduction promises in buy to fraudulently acquire resources from money establishments and coverage firms. The defendants ended up all police officers at the time of the alleged criminal action.
Especially, the indictment alleges that from May 2019 until finally June 2019, Dupree, Johnson, and Tyler conspired to defraud a few economical establishments by coordinating the withdrawal of revenue from their monetary accounts through ATMs for the purpose of fraudulently proclaiming the funds was stolen and in search of reimbursement from a monetary establishment. In order to execute the fraud plan, Dupree, Johnson, and Tyler allegedly coordinated the submission of law enforcement reviews to PGPD, falsely stating that their debit cards ended up stolen and employed to withdraw fund from the ATM without their permission. The indictment alleges that associates of the conspiracy, which includes the defendants, then submitted fraudulent promises to the victim fiscal institutions trying to find reimbursement for the purportedly unauthorized ATM withdrawals.
Further more, the indictment alleges that in January 2020, D’Haiti and Owen coordinated the relocation and vandalism of D’Haiti’s car or truck in get to file a fraudulent insurance policy assert. Users of the conspiracy, together with D’Haiti and Owen, allegedly coordinated the submission of a PGPD police report that falsely said that D’Haiti’s auto was stolen. D’Haiti then allegedly submitted an insurance assert and paperwork to the sufferer insurance plan organization by mail and wire, trying to get reimbursement for the vehicle that was documented as stolen.
At last, the indictment alleges that in January 2020, Owen and Taylor coordinated the relocation of a car in a garage to disguise the automobile for the objective of submitting a fraudulent insurance coverage assert. Particularly, the indictment alleges that users of the conspiracy, together with Owen and Taylor, moved the auto to a garage and conspirators, together with Owen, then submitted a wrong PGPD law enforcement report stating that the car or truck was stolen. A co-conspirator then submitted an insurance plan claim trying to get reimbursement for the motor vehicle that was documented stolen.
If convicted, Dupree, Johnson and Tyler each facial area a highest sentence of 30 yrs in federal jail for conspiracy to dedicate bank fraud D’Haiti and Owen each and every encounter a highest sentence of 20 yrs in federal prison for conspiracy to dedicate mail fraud and wire fraud and Owen and Taylor just about every encounter a utmost sentence of 20 several years in federal prison for conspiracy to dedicate wire fraud. Genuine sentences for federal crimes are generally a lot less than the utmost penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence soon after getting into account the U.S. Sentencing Tips and other statutory things.
An indictment is not a acquiring of guilt. An personal charged by indictment is presumed harmless except and until eventually established guilty at some later on felony proceedings.
Acting United States Attorney Jonathan F. Lenzner recommended the FBI and the Prince George’s County Law enforcement Department for their do the job in the investigation and thanked the Anne Arundel County Police Department for its aid. Mr. Lenzner thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Dwight J. Draughon and Adam K. Ake, who are prosecuting the federal case.
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