Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division announced her departure from the department today, effective as of March 21, 2014.
“Over the past year, Mythili Raman has done an exemplary job of leading the Criminal Division during a pivotal time,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “Since she first joined the department as a Criminal Division trial attorney nearly two decades ago, and throughout her career both in the division and the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mythili has proven herself as a tireless and talented prosecutor, and a fearless advocate for the United States. From combating financial and health care fraud, to fighting foreign and domestic corruption, and safeguarding the American people from crime and drug-fueled violence, Mythili’s tenure as head of the Criminal Division has been defined by extraordinary achievements. Her strong and steady leadership has made an enormous difference in the past year. Although I wish her the best as she takes the next step in her career, I will sorely miss her sound judgment, her keen intellect, her close friendship, and her commitment to the work of the department. I thank her, on behalf of the American people, for her years of dedicated service.”
“I feel so lucky to have started my department career as a trial attorney in the Criminal Division seventeen and a half years ago, and feel even more fortunate that this division has been my last home at the Justice Department,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Raman. “The Criminal Division is an extraordinary institution, and it has been a singular privilege to lead it for the past year and to serve alongside the dedicated, talented, and simply excellent women and men who work every day to do justice. I will always be grateful to the Attorney General for giving me this opportunity to serve.”
During Raman’s tenure as Acting Assistant Attorney General, the division has obtained significant results in all areas of financial fraud enforcement. Under Raman’s leadership, the Criminal Division, working alongside the Antitrust Division, launched a wide-ranging investigation of the alleged manipulation of foreign exchange rates by multi-national banks around the world. In addition, the division continued aggressively to investigate the manipulation of the London InterBank Offered Rate (LIBOR), charging six individuals at two different financial institutions and reaching a criminal resolution with one financial institution that resulted in the second largest penalty assessed in the department’s ongoing, industry-wide LIBOR probe. The division further announced charges against or convictions of more than a dozen individuals for FCPA-relation violations, and secured three of the ten largest corporate FCPA resolutions in history. In addition, Raman oversaw a record-breaking year for health care fraud enforcement in the number of cases filed, individuals charged, guilty pleas secured and convictions obtained at trial.
Under Raman’s leadership, the division also made significant strides in money laundering enforcement, including bringing charges, with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, against Liberty Reserve, one of the world’s largest digital currency companies, and several of its principals, in the department’s largest-ever money laundering prosecution. The division also continued to emphasize public corruption enforcement, securing several convictions in a wide range of domestic public corruption cases throughout the country, including of former U.S. Congressman Richard Renzi of Arizona, and obtaining separate convictions of several individuals, including a former candidate for U.S. Congress, for violations of federal campaign finance laws.
During Raman’s tenure, the division has aggressively pursued cyber crime and intellectual property crimes, and is currently conducting the ongoing investigation of the data breach at Target. Among other prosecutions, the division, with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, secured the guilty plea of an international cybercriminal from Thailand who was responsible for distributing “Spy Eye” malware that infected 1.4 million computers around the world. The division also charged the first-ever copyright infringement cases involving counterfeit mobile device apps.
The division also continued to make great strides in the fight against violent crime, convicting several members of the Los Zetas cartel for the 2011 murder of an American law enforcement agent in Mexico and, just a few weeks ago, securing the conviction of a leader of the Barrio Azteca gang who was responsible for the murder of employees of a U.S. consulate in Mexico.
Raman joined the department as a trial attorney in the Criminal Division in 1996. In 1999, she joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland where she served in a number of leadership positions, including Appellate Chief and Chief of the office’s southern division. She returned to the Criminal Division in 2008, serving first as acting Chief of Staff, and then as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Staff, until she was named Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division on March 1, 2013.