Three Maryland Residents Facing Federal Indictment for Dating and Business Email Compromise Scams With Alleged Losses of More Than $2.3 Million | USAO-MD

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Baltimore, Maryland – A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging three defendants on federal charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and aggravated identity theft:

Noel Chimezuru Agoha, age 37, of Baltimore, Maryland
Sessieu Ange Oulai, age 34, of Parkville, Maryland, and
Kelechi Arthur Ntibunka, age 32, of Essex, Maryland.

The indictment was returned on March 22, 2021, and was unsealed today.  Agoha and Ntibunka were arrested yesterday and had their initial appearances today.  At today’s hearing, U.S. Magistrate Judge Beth P. Gesner ordered that Agoha and Ntibunka be detained pending a

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BUSINESS BEAT: MADE Presents, Shrimp Deal, Pizza Owner, Coffee | Business Beat

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MADE by Millworks, at 240 Pine Ave. downtown, is a collective — so there are plenty of creative options to show Mom some local love with a card or gift. MADE carries goods from more than 100 local makers, artisans and designers. The store currently is closed, but online at is open 24/7. Shopping locally is good for all of us and MADE sweetens the deal by offering free local delivery.

Some of the items include Beau Bear Long Beach cross body collection, with local images including Rainbow Harbor or the Queen Mary; the Long Beach necklace collection,

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Paycheck Protection Program Is Out of Cash for Most Businesses

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​The Paycheck Protection Program has run out of money for most businesses, the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced May 4. The program was due to end on May 31.

“After more than a year of operation and serving more than 8 million small businesses, funding for the bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program has been exhausted,” said a Small Business Administration spokesperson.

The SBA has recently launched other, separate programs for specific businesses, such as restaurants and entertainment venues.

We’ve gathered articles on the Paycheck Protection Program from SHRM Online and other trusted media outlets.

Program’s Purpose

The Paycheck Protection Program was

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Government Stimulus Checks Will Help Retail Stocks. Just Not Dollar General.

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Dollar General stock was downgraded on Tuesday.

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There’s no doubt that dollar and discount stores saw a boost from government stimulus during the pandemic, as their core customers were among the most likely to have incomes low enough to qualify for the checks. The problem, according to KeyBanc Capital Markets, is that the market might be too enthusiastic about how much they’ll benefit.

Analyst Bradley Thomas took a look at the sector ahead of first-quarter earnings reports, and downgraded

Dollar General

stock (ticker: DG) to Sector Weight from Overweight, while removing his $220 price target.

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Business Travelers Less Satisfied with How Suppliers Handle Complaints

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Amid the pandemic, business travelers have issued more
complaints toward airlines, hotels and car rental companies, according to a new
American Customer Satisfaction Index Report. In addition, business travelers
have become less satisfied with how airlines and hotels handle their

ACSI interviewed 7,898 travelers between April 1, 2020 and
March 28, 2021. About 33 percent of the respondents traveled for business and
67 percent traveled for leisure. Respondents were asked to evaluate their
experiences with the largest suppliers (in terms of market share) in air, hotel
and car rental. ACSI modeled the data to estimate customer satisfaction on an

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