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A Baltimore County Police sergeant has been suspended without pay after being charged by the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office in connection with a complex fraud investigation.

Sergeant Daniel Gregory Galloway, 40,  an 18-year-veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department assigned to the Tactical Unit of the Special Operations Section, has been charged with the following:

  • Conspiracy to Commit Theft over $100,000
  • Theft Over $100,000
  • Conspiracy to Commit Theft $10,000 to $100,000 (five counts)
  • Theft $10,000 to $100,000 (four counts)
  • Theft $1,000 to $10,000

In March, the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office was contacted by the Health Care United Federal Credit Union about possible fraud at the institution.  Health Care United Federal Credit Union is located inside the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and handles accounts for employees of that institution, as well as for employees of Sheppard Pratt Hospital.

BCoPD detectives began an investigation and subsequently identified the wife of Sergeant Galloway -- the CEO and manager of the credit union -- as the person responsible for defrauding the institution of money. Charges against Sergeant Galloway's wife are pending.

Sergeant Galloway's wife was employed with the credit union from 2000 to November 2014. She became CEO in 2002. In November 2014, the credit union conducted a routine annual audit of its customers and discovered discrepancies in the Galloways' family accounts. Sergeant Galloway's wife subsequently resigned. The bank hired a second auditing firm to look into the matter; the case was referred to the State's Attorney and to BCoPD in March.

The investigation determined that Sergeant Galloway's wife embezzled money from the bank; falsified records; and issued checks to herself that were supposed to be for bank expenses. Investigation also revealed discrepancies with loans made by the credit union and other lenders to the Galloways. The amount of money involved remains under investigation, but police believe the amount is substantial.

Months of additional investigation showed that Sergeant Galloway was involved. Detectives found that Sergeant Galloway knew of some of his wife's activities, benefited from them and conspired to defraud the credit union.

The charges against Sergeant Galloway do not involve any of his on-duty activities with BCoPD and do not involve public funds.

Sergeant Galloway was served with a criminal summons. Because he was not taken into custody for processing, there is no statement of probable cause and no booking photo.


Eleven people in Baltimore County died as a result of criminal homicides during the first half of 2015 – a continuation of a downward trend in the number of criminal homicides despite a rising population.

Seven of the 11 cases have been cleared by investigators so far.

Most of Baltimore County’s violent crimes are targeted rather than random. Of the 11 criminal homicides that occurred from January 1 through June 30, 2015, five are cases in which the victim and suspect knew one another. In four cases, investigators believe it is possible that the suspect and victim knew each other. In two cases, there is no known relationship between the suspect and victim.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz credited hard work on the part of detectives and officers for the recent success in driving down the number of homicides and in clearing these serious cases.

He noted that Baltimore County Police’s good relationship with communities plays a significant role in this success. “Chief Jim Johnson and our officers and detectives understand that the trust of our communities is critical when it comes to fighting and solving crimes. It’s the real key to public safety, and we will continue to cultivate it,” Kamenetz said.

Virtually all types of crime have declined in recent years. Part I Crime – which includes the most serious types of violent and property crime – fell by more than 13 percent from 2006 through 2014. Most notably, Part I Violent Crime – homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault – fell by 29 percent.

Homicide Statistics

From 2010 through 2013 – during the watch of the Kamenetz administration – the number of homicides was lower (94) than during any continuous four-year period since the 1970s, when the County had 200,000 fewer people than today’s population of 827,000. (The County recorded its highest four-year total for criminal homicides – 148 – during the mid-1990s.)

In 2014, 25 people died in Baltimore County as the result of criminal homicides.

Case Clearance

BCoPD’s case clearance rates – a measure of how well a police agency solves crime – historically are well above the national average for all Part I violent crimes, including homicide. In 2013, for example, Baltimore County’s case clearance rate was 100 percent, compared to a national average of 64.1 percent and a statewide average of 66 percent.

In 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice featured BCoPD in a 54-page publication on best practices for homicide clearance.

Note: The homicide information provided here may differ from official data gathered under the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting System. The FBI’s statistical program includes deaths that occur in previous years but are declared homicides in the current year. Also, the FBI may decide to include or omit certain deaths, such as the deaths of unborn children.

No unusual or problematic protest-related activity has occurred this week in Baltimore County.

"I want to assure citizens and local businesses that there is no need to curtail their daily business as a result of the ongoing unrest in Baltimore City," said Police Chief Jim Johnson. "We have experienced no unusual activity here, and there are no indications that anything unusual is planned."

Police continue to monitor social media and other sources for rumors about gatherings and other protest-related activity. The department is taking these messages seriously and has appropriate resources available for deployment, should the need for them occur. At this time, however, there are no credible threats to Baltimore County

"Our county is uneventful and safe. There is no need for businesses, schools and other institutions to disrupt normal operations," Chief Johnson said.

Continued Support for BPD

BCoPD continues to support the Baltimore City Police Department. This afternoon, BCoPD sent about 50 officers back to Baltimore to assist with protests. The same number of county officers was deployed Monday and Tuesday.

Since last weekend, BCoPD has provided backup Tactical, K-9 and Aviation support for BPD's daily calls for service. In addition, Baltimore County Police are handling duties normally handled by the Maryland State Police in Baltimore County.

The Baltimore County Fire Department also has provided support for fire suppression and medical service since last weekend, especially during the evening hours, when demand has been highest.

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