CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Coral Springs Police Department extends our deepest appreciation and a big congratulations to our 2019 Operational Unit of the Year Award winners: Economic Crimes Unit (ECU).

This year’s Operational Unit of the Year consisted of nine individuals from ECU: Detective Jason DeLuca, Detective Brian Elkin, Detective Marc Gerlach, Detective Ricardo Pena, Detective Brett Schroy, Criminal Investigation Specialist Gene Cashier, and Sergeant Glenn Matonak.

The ECU has the responsibility of investigating crimes which may include identity theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, criminal use of identification, tax fraud, computer-related crimes, and other instances where personal information is used in order to commit a crime.

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In 2019, the detectives within the ECU were assigned a total of 897 cases - this was an increase from the previous year’s 649 cases. As most fraud-related cases require an examination of records from banks, internet service providers, etc., a case is likely to take at least as long as it takes to receive the requested information (typically 30 days if not more). Despite the time-consuming nature of most of these cases, the ECU had an average clearance rate of 57%, up 21% from the previous year.

The detectives within this unit were able to help residents in a variety of ways.

- Detective DeLuca was at the forefront of a card cracking case that has taken several years of time and has been accepted by the United States Attorney and is pending indictment on 11 defendants. This case involves over 11,000 victims with a loss of $22,000,000.

- Detective Pena and Detective Schroy made their impact in solving a number of cases involving credit card fraud, gas skimmers, forgery, and account takeovers. All together their cases solved in 2019 rendered over 1.2 million dollars in losses to businesses and personal accounts, now accounted for.

- Detective Elkin made his contributions in working on embezzlement cases, numerous gas skimmer cases but most importantly several cases affecting residents in their “Golden Years”. These cases target the elderly population and can have an irreversible impact on a victim of such crimes. Investigator Cashier has been instrumental in a costly theft by deception case and several contractor fraud cases that have amassed losses of nearly $20,000.

The detectives in the Economic Crimes Unit have done an excellent job of keeping up with the number of cases being assigned and still being able to increase their clearance rate in 2019. Their hard work and dedication to the victims and businesses most affected by these cases have allowed for some to see financial restitution and feel a sense of ease as justice is served.

Great job and congratulations ECU on being the 2019 Operational Unit of the Year!