Grant targets white-collar criminals


Anne Arundel County will get its first prosecutor dedicated to white-collar crime next month.

The state's attorney's office won a $54,000 federal grant to combat embezzlement, fraud and theft schemes, which have ballooned along with the economy. Last year, prosecutors tackled 260 economic crimes.

The grant follows several unsuccessful attempts by State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee to get a white-collar crime unit for his office funded in the county budget.

Clifford Stoddard, a two-year veteran of the office, will specialize in the investigation and prosecution of economic crimes. His previous federal jobs were in that field.

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