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Riverside Branch Office

Section Overview

AUSAs in the Riverside Branch Office prosecute federal crimes that occur in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.  These are the two geographically largest counties in the Central District of California, covering approximately two-thirds of the District’s land area, and have the fastest growing populations, with a current combined population of approximately 4.4 million residents.

AUSAs in the Riverside Branch Office handle all federal criminal cases, including: public corruption cases involving government officials; fraud cases, including mortgage fraud, investment fraud, bank fraud, identity theft, tax fraud, health care fraud, and fraud against the government; Project Safe Childhood cases, including those involving child pornography and child prostitution; violent crime cases, including prison murders and assaults, gang cases, firearms offenses, and bank robberies; drug trafficking cases; and immigration cases, including those involving alien smuggling and passport fraud.

Riverside Branch Office AUSAs work closely with agents from virtually every federal law enforcement agency, as well as with State and local law enforcement.  AUSAs in the Riverside Branch Office also serve as coordinators for, or otherwise work closely with, a number of task forces in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, including a Violent Crime Impact Team (VCIT), which focuses on reducing violent street crime in San Bernardino, and the Inland Empire Mortgage Fraud Task Force.   The Riverside Branch Office also works closely with the District Attorney Offices in Riverside and San Bernardino, with some District Attorneys being cross-designated as Special Assistant United States Attorneys (SAUSAs) in order to work on cases of mutual interest. 

Section Leadership

Joseph B. Widman

Joseph Widman is the Chief of the Riverside Branch Office.  AUSA Widman has been an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California since September 2007 and has been in the Riverside Office since March 2008.   As an AUSA, Mr. Widman has worked on cases involving multi-million dollar frauds, bank bribery, international smuggling, witness tampering, interstate gun trafficking, and first degree murder.  He has also briefed and argued several appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

After serving as Deputy Chief from June 2012 through December 2013, in January 2014 AUSA Widman was appointed Chief of the Riverside Branch Office, supervising criminal matters in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.  AUSA Widman is active in the legal community of the Inland Empire, currently serving as President Elect of the Federal  Bar Association’s Inland Empire Chapter. Before joining the United States Attorney’s Office, AUSA Widman was a litigation associate for two large international law firms, focusing on civil securities defense and white collar defense.

Recent Cases Handled In Riverside

Monday, November 23, 2015
Press Release
Man Ordered Held without Bond after Being Arrested on Charges of Retaliating Against IRS Employee by Filing $10 Million Lien

Monday, September 28, 2015
Press Release
4 Involved in Inland Empire Loan Modification Scam that Targeted Financially Distressed Homeowners Sentenced to Federal Prison

Section Contact Information

The United States Attorney's Office
Central District of California
Riverside Branch Office
Suite 200
3403 Tenth Street
Riverside, California 92501
(855) 700-2768 (Toll Free)
(951) 368-1488 (Complaints)

Updated November 25, 2015