Prince George's County police have arrested a 26-year-old man and charged him with fraud in connection with the solicitation of advertisements for a police association journal.
Police said an undercover officer was told that revenues from the publication would be used for $50.000 gifts to the families of Albert M. Claggett IV and James Brian Swart, the two Prince George's police officers slain in the Hyattsville police station June 26.
William Dennis Gardener, of 3202 Margreen Ave., Forestville, was arrested after he attempted to sell a Greenbelt doctor a $250 advertisement for The Law Officer, a magazine published by the International Conference of Police Associations, police said.
Police said they were told by the International Conference of Police Associations that no donations to either the officers' families or the Fraternal Order of Police, the officer's bargaining unit, were planned.
Gardner has been charged with misrepresenting of fund raising, an offense that is subject to a $100 fine, police said.
Myron Dornsky, the International Conference's New York-based attorney, said yesterday that the ICPA, an organization with 170,000 members in police departments around the world, had no direct connection with the advertising solicitations for the magazine.
"We know nothing about this and had nothing to do with it," Dornsky said. "If there are irregularities in the fund-raising campaign we will cancel it immediately."