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Greenwich Detective Lauded for Financial Probes

Detective Mark Solomon, a 16-year veteran of the Greenwich Police Department, is being honored for his work in investigating financial crimes within the state. Solomon received the 2010 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award from the Connecticut chapter of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators.

Solomon spent nine of 16 years assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division. He was assigned to the Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force in December 2008. The state financial crimes task force, with investigators from every branch of law enforcement, investigates financial crimes within Connecticut, specifically those that significantly impact the community and the economy, are perpetrated by organized groups, or are committed within multiple towns.

Most recently, the task force investigated a multistate ATM “skimming” scheme that resulted in more than $200,000 in losses to financial institutions. David B. Fein, U.S. Attorney for Connecticut, announced Friday that Dragos Osanu, 30, of Romania, was sentenced to 46 months in prison for leading the scheme.

Fein lauded the Greenwich Police Department and Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force, among others, for their work in apprehending Osanu. “Many individuals and financial institutions have been victimized, but without this coordinated law enforcement effort, the damage would have been much worse,” Fein said in a statement.

While with the task force, Solomon coordinated and lectured at intelligence-sharing conferences and initiated an email network that allows dissemination of financial crime information to officers and investigators. He investigated financial crimes that exceeded $2 million in losses to residents and the financial community.

According to Lt. Kraig Gray, spokesman for the Greenwich Police Department, Solomon has an extraordinary work ethic and is dedicated to the mission of the state task force as well as the department’s commitment to work with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in investigating financial crimes.

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