New plan targets high-priority criminal activity in Maryland

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Special to The Dorchester Banner Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh is pictured with Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley last week during a trip to the Eastern Shore.

CAMBRIDGE — Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh last week announced a new plan to target high-priority criminal activity across Maryland by improving coordination with local State’s Attorneys during a trip to the Eastern Shore, where he also visited Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley.

Attorney General Frosh described his office’s newest initiative during an annual conference of the Maryland State Attorney’s Association in Ocean City.

“By working more closely with local prosecutors, such as the hard-working team in Dorchester County, we can leverage our resources and make communities like Cambridge even safer,” he said.

Attorney General Frosh said his office was reaching out to each State’s Attorney’s office in Maryland, in search of nominees to join four statewide task forces designed to bring high-impact prosecutions against criminals attacking communities in increasingly sophisticated ways.

The four proposed task forces are:

• Attorney General’s Task Force on Organized Crime, which will focus on heroin trafficking, gun violence, criminal gangs and prison corruption;

• Attorney General’s Task Force on Environmental Enforcement, which will target people and businesses compromising our health and safety by discharging pollution into the air, soil and water;

• Attorney General’s Task Force on Fraud and Corruption, which will aim to halt people organizations undermining financial laws and stealing from the public, particularly in areas of fraud in Medicaid, procurement taxes and securities.

• Attorney General’s Task Force on Crimes of Exploitation, focusing on those who prey on the elderly, engage in human trafficking and commit abuse in nursing homes.

“The boundaries between our counties mean nothing to the worst criminal organizations,” Frosh said. “We are developing strategies that pool our resources and foster collaboration.”

Nominations for the task forces are due July 15, and they will begin operating shortly after.
Following his announcement, Attorney General Frosh visited Cambridge to brief Mayor Jackson-Stanley, updating her on his plans, and on shared priorities.

“Cambridge looks like it’s on the move, and I wanted to hear what is on the mayor’s mind,” he said. “My office has been doing a lot of good work cracking down on scams and crimes, and I’m always happy to spread the word.”

Earlier in the week, Attorney General Frosh announced administrative charges against Bryan Edward Adkins, the owner of Atlantic Bay Homes in Queen Anne’s County, for accepting deposits and payments from consumers to build homes in Wicomico County and then failing to begin or complete construction, pay subcontractors or refund the deposits and other payments.

A hearing on the charges is scheduled for Sept, 24 at the Office of Administrative Hearings.

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