Balto. Co. po­lice sergeant ac­quit­ted

Judge finds ‘no in­di­ca­tion’ he plot­ted with wife to steal from credit union

Baltimore Sun - - NEWS - By Ali­son Kneze­vich al­isonk@balt­ twit­

A Bal­ti­more County po­lice sergeant who was ac­cused of con­spir­ing with his wife to steal from a Tow­son credit union was ac­quit­ted of all charges Wed­nes­day, as a judge called parts of the pros­e­cu­tion’s case “ab­so­lutely ab­surd.”

Sgt. Daniel Gal­loway, a mem­ber of the Po­lice De­part­ment since 1997, faced 10 charges, in­clud­ing theft and con­spir­acy to com­mit theft.

His wife, Tina, who was CEO of Health­Care United Fed­eral Credit Union, has ad­mit­ted to em­bez­zling from the in­sti­tu­tion, and pleaded guilty last year to one count of theft over $100,000.

Cir­cuit Judge Mickey Nor­man said prose­cu­tors had pre­sented no ev­i­dence that the po­lice of­fi­cer con­spired with his wife, and granted a de­fense mo­tion to ac­quit him on all charges.

“Quite frankly, I think that the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion in this mat­ter was ter­ri­ble,” Nor­man said.

Gal­loway, 41, of Fall­ston, chose a bench trial rather than a jury trial.

The trial be­gan Tues­day. As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney Adam Lippe ac­cused Daniel Gal­loway of a con­spir­acy with his wife, say­ing he had mo­tive to steal be­cause the cou­ple was­drown­ingin­debt.

But Nor­man said there was “no in­di­ca­tion what­so­ever” of a con­spir­acy.

Lippe de­clined to com­ment after the trial.

Daniel Gal­loway’s at­tor­ney, Brian Thomp­son, said the ac­quit­tal was “a to­tal and com­plete vin­di­ca­tion.”

“This pros­e­cu­tion was a dis­grace,” Thomp­son said. “There was lit­er­ally not a shred of ev­i­dence that he com­mit­ted th­ese crimes, and the judge agreed.”

The sergeant has been sus­pended without pay since he was charged last year. Thomp­son said he has lived “un­der a cloud of sus­pi­cion.”

“We’re now look­ing at the pos­si­bil­ity of fil­ing a ma­li­cious pros­e­cu­tion suit against the state’s at­tor­ney’s of­fice,” he said. He said he be­lieves there were “in­ter­nal po­lice pol­i­tics in­volved in the charg­ing and pros­e­cu­tion of this case.”

Dur­ing open­ing state­ments, Thomp­son said Gal­loway has worked for a se­cu­rity com­pany that com­petes with Wolf Pro­fes­sional Se­cu­rity, headed by De­tec­tive Brian Wolf, the de­tec­tive on Gal­loway’s crim­i­nal case.

Wolf de­clined to com­ment Wed­nes­day.

Thomp­son also pointed to Lippe’s em­ploy­ment with Wolf Pro­fes­sional Se­cu­rity. Lippe is listed as an in­struc­tor on the firm’s web­site.

Gal­loway was as­signed to the county’s tac­ti­cal unit be­fore his suspension. His salary was more than $99,000 last year, ac­cord­ing to pub­lic em­ployee records.

The po­lice de­part­ment now will move Gal­loway to an ad­min­is­tra­tive suspension, and he will re­ceive back pay, spokes­woman Elise Ar­ma­cost said. Gal­loway is to re­main on ad­min­is­tra­tive suspension dur­ing an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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