For Immediate Release: December 4, 2009
(ST. PAUL, MN) Two Minnesota Department of Commerce investigators will be honored by the Bloomington Police Department for their outstanding work which led to the conviction of Larry Darnell Maxwell on 18 felony counts related to mortgage fraud.
Investigators Julie Kosmalski and Cheryl Costello will receive Citizen Commendation Medals and Certificates during an awards ceremony at the Bloomington City Council meeting on December 7. Honors also will be given to Glen Miller, a special investigator for the Hennepin County Attorney's office and Bloomington Police Detective Cory Cardenas.
The 16-year sentence and more than $2-million in restitution and court cost fines leveled against Maxwell constitute one of the largest mortgage fraud cases ever successfully prosecuted in Minnesota. The Department of Commerce became involved with the case after the Bloomington Police called asking for assistance.
"Our investigators are often the unheralded players when criminal actions are brought against people we license. The work Julie and Cheryl did, while unprecedented in scope, certainly reflects the professionalism and dedication of our entire staff of investigators," said Department of Commerce Commissioner Glenn Wilson.
Kosmalski and Costello have each worked for the Department of Commerce for over 20 years and been investigators for 10 years. They spent 18 months investigating, including four months working out of the Bloomington Police offices, to help build the extensive case against Maxwell.
Bloomington Police Detective Cory Cardenas summed it up by saying, "We simply could not have prosecuted this case without the work that Julie and Cheryl did."