Baltimore County Police Detective Michael Aiosa received the 2017 Exceptional Police Performance Award (from agencies with over 125 officers) from the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association. Detective Aiosa is currently assigned to the Department’s Criminal Investigations Bureau as a part of the Maryland Financial Crimes Task Force under the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Criminal Investigations Division. His tireless work netted the arrest of several individuals involved in a complex fraud scheme and a restitution order from the U.S. District Court, District of Maryland.

Detective Aiosa led an investigation, along with assistance from the IRS, into a six-year scheme in which the suspects created false business, tax, and financial documents. These documents were used to obtain loans from financing companies to purchase automobiles from area car dealerships. After purchasing the car under the guise of being qualified for the loan, the suspects created a false title for the car, concealing the existence of the loan. Using the false title, the suspects would sell the cars and pocket the money from the sale. Detective Aiosa was able to determine that the scheme incurred at least a $1.2 million cost upon several car dealerships and lending institutions.

Detective Aiosa’s investigation led to the identification and indictment of three individuals for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, and aiding and abetting. All three individuals were found guilty after being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Maryland. The leader of the three was sentenced to eight years in federal prison and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $692,587.63.

Great work Detective Aiosa and congratulations!