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       The Criminal Division is supervised by the Criminal Division Chief. The Criminal Division is responsible for prosecuting a variety of cases in the areas of fraud, public integrity, public safety, and general crimes. Fraud prosecutions include mail and wire fraud, healthcare fraud, bank fraud, and federal program fraud.

       The Criminal Division also investigates and prosecutes criminal offenses committed by federal, state, and local government officials. Public safety prosecutions include environmental crimes, property crimes, and pornography offenses as well as a variety of offenses related to the possession and use of guns. Among the general crimes prosecuted by the Division are crimes involving the mail, crimes committed on federal property, counterfeiting of U.S. currency, credit card fraud, and customs violations. In addition, the forfeiture of assets used in the commission of crimes or accumulated as a result of the commission of crimes is handled by a Criminal Division attorney.

       Within the Criminal Division is the Narcotics Section and the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). This group of attorneys prosecutes cases involving the use and trafficking of illicit drugs and violent crimes related to drug trafficking and to gangs involved in drug trafficking.

Kenneth Elser, Chief, Criminal Division, US Attoney's Office, Western District of Arkansas

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