The Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking an experienced DOJ attorney to serve in the newly formed Financial Intelligence Unit.
The Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS) leads the Department's asset forfeiture and anti-money laundering enforcement efforts. AFMLS provides leadership by: (1) prosecuting and coordinating complex, sensitive, multi-district, and international money laundering and asset forfeiture investigations and cases; (2) providing legal and policy assistance and training to federal, state, and local prosecutors and law enforcement personnel, as well as to foreign governments; (3) assisting Departmental and interagency policy makers by developing and reviewing legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives; and (4) managing the Department's Asset Forfeiture Program, including distributing forfeited funds and properties to appropriate domestic and foreign law enforcement agencies, as well as adjudicating petitions for remission or mitigation of forfeited assets.
The FIU is AFMLS' targeting unit, helping the litigating units set investigative priorities and supplementing the resources of investigative agency partners to conduct complex financial investigations. The FIU also serves as the Section's and Criminal Division's (CRM) experts on complicated financial investigations. This position will be assigned from the FIU to the Special Operations Division (SOD), in Chantilly, Virginia. SOD is an interagency investigative fusion center that supports and coordinates investigations targeting the most significant national and international drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. SOD's mission is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the command and control elements of such organizations. This position will focus efforts on illicit finance aspects of transnational criminal organizations to undercut their profit motive and disrupt the organization, with an emphasis on professional money launderers, money transmitters, and gatekeepers.
As a FIU Trial Attorney you will:
- Coordinate national and international money laundering and forfeiture actions with and through SOD.
- Work closely with Assistant U.S. Attorneys and investigative agencies involved in SOD-monitored investigations to develop a comprehensive, nation-wide strategy in which information and evidence is exchanged, investigative actions are coordinated, and the indictments, arrests, forfeiture actions, and prosecutions are planned and coordinated.
- Identify unexploited opportunities to target for criminal prosecution the professional money launderers, money transmitters, gatekeepers and financial institutions that support Mexican drug cartels and other transnational criminal organizations and work with investigators and prosecutors in the field to pursue these opportunities.
- Identify unexploited opportunities to aggressively apply forfeiture against the assets of the Mexican drug cartels and other transnational criminal organizations.
- Provide money laundering and forfeiture advice to U.S. Attorney Offices around the country involved in SOD-coordinated investigations, including but not limited to reviewing seizures warrants, restraining orders, criminal forfeiture allegations, indictments, and other pleadings.
- Develop and maintain relationships with partners at the U.S. Attorney Offices, other litigating components and offices, and federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
- Advise and instruct federal agents and prosecutors on complicated questions of law related and Departmental policy related to the AFMLS mission.
- Advise and consult with the FIU Deputy Chief and Assistant Deputy Chief, the AFMLS Section Chief, the Deputy Assistant Attorney General, the Assistant Attorney General, and others on the status of all cases and matters.
- Provide asset forfeiture and money laundering training to other federal prosecutors, federal, state and local law enforcement, and international partners.
Required qualifications: Interested applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and have at least five years post J.D. experience. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing.
Applicants must also have one year of specialized experience at the GS-15 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: preparing pleadings, briefs and other court papers involving complex legal issues in complex civil or criminal litigation; and conducting complex civil or criminal litigation including complex financial investigations.
Preferred qualifications: Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following competencies:
- Ability to plan and carry out complex cases involving violations of criminal money laundering and civil or criminal forfeiture statutes.
- Superior oral advocacy preparation and experience.
- Superior written and analytical skills.
The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
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