On Friday, July 29, 2005, Colonel Thomas G. Robbins, Sergeant Linda Marlowe and Trooper Dennis Taliaferro of the Massachusetts State Police were presented with Certificates of Appreciation by the United States Postal Service for their efforts and overall support of the Massachusetts Identity Theft / Financial Crimes Task Force.
The task force is sponsored by the United States Postal Inspection Service and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. It was initiated in May of 2003 to develop a cooperative effort between law enforcement, financial institutions, the business community and the private sector to investigate, prevent and prosecute criminal offenses involving identity theft and other financial crimes within Massachusetts and other surrounding New England states. Since its inception, 291 suspects have been arrested and are pending prosecution at the local, state or federal level for identity theft and related financial crimes due to the joint investigative efforts of the task force. The Massachusetts State Police has been an integral partner in this endeavor. "Identity theft and financial crimes often times cut across jurisdictional boundaries in the law enforcement community. That is why a task force of this nature is not only appropriate, but it gives us the opportunity to attack this type of criminal activity in a more efficient and comprehensive way" said Colonel Thomas G. Robbins of the Massachusetts State Police.
Sgt. Linda Marlowe and Trooper Dennis Taliaferro were awarded Certificates of Appreciation by Postal Inspector in Charge Peter Zegarac for their overall contributions, dedication and service to the task force. Colonel Thomas Robbins was also recognized for his personal support of the task force.