States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|October 19, 2010||
U.S. ATTORNEY ANNOUNCES RESTRUCTURING OF THE DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT’S CRIMINAL DIVISION, NEW SUPERVISORY APPOINTMENTS
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced the restructuring of the Office’s Criminal Division and new supervisory appointments.
Previously organized geographically, the Office’s Criminal Division has been restructured so that it now comprises three program-based units: National Security and Major Crimes, Violent Crimes and Narcotics, and Financial Fraud and Public Corruption. Approximately 15 Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) have been assigned to each of the three units. In addition, three AUSAs are members of the Office’s Appellate Unit, which is also a component of the Criminal Division.
“I believe these structural changes will allow the District’s criminal prosecutors to be as productive and successful as possible, broadening and deepening our ability to investigate and prosecute important matters,” stated U.S. Attorney Fein.
The National Security and Major Crimes Unit is responsible for prosecuting matters involving international and domestic terrorism, civil rights and hate crimes, human trafficking and child exploitation, cybercrime and identity theft, international and domestic organized crime, immigration and customs enforcement, government program and defense contractor fraud, and environmental crimes. Raymond F. Miller is the Chief of the Unit, and Stephen B. Reynolds is the Deputy Chief. AUSA Miller has most recently served as Chief of the Organized Crime Strike Force, which he will continue to coordinate. AUSA Reynolds, who has supervised the District’s national security matters, will continue in his role as Coordinator of the Office’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Committee (“ATAC”).
The Violent Crimes and Narcotics Unit includes the District’s Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (“OCDETF”), Project Safe Neighborhoods (“PSN”) prosecutions, and violent crime, gangs and narcotics matters. Tracy L. Dayton is the Chief of the Unit, and AUSAs Peter D. Markle and Robert M. Spector are the Deputy Chiefs. AUSA Markle continues as the District’s OCDETF Coordinator, which targets major drug trafficking operations responsible for the distribution of large quantities of narcotics, and AUSA Spector continues in his role as PSN Coordinator, managing firearms prosecutions that seek to deter the illegal possession of guns and reduce gun and gang violence.
The Financial Fraud and Public Corruption Unit includes securities, commodities and investor fraud, public corruption, bank fraud and embezzlement, mortgage fraud, tax fraud, health care fraud, bankruptcy fraud and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations. Nora R. Dannehy is the Chief of the Unit, and Eric J. Glover is the Deputy Chief. This Unit includes the Connecticut Securities Fraud Task Force.
U.S. Attorney Fein also announced the appointment of Anthony E. Kaplan as Senior Litigation Counsel.
U.S. Attorney Fein previously announced Deirdre M. Daly as First Assistant U.S. Attorney, Michael J. Gustafson as Chief of the Criminal Division, Peter S. Jongbloed as Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney and Sandra S. Glover as Chief of Appeals.
U.S. Attorney Fein also announced that the following supervisors will continue in their current positions: John H. Durham as Counsel to the U.S. Attorney, John B. Hughes as Chief of the Civil Division, Alina P. Reynolds as AUSA-in-charge of the Bridgeport office, and Richard J. Schechter as Senior Litigation Counsel.
“We have assembled an outstanding leadership team in the District of Connecticut, and I’m proud to work with each of them, and every member of this Office, in service to the cause of justice on behalf of the citizens of Connecticut and our nation,” stated U.S. Attorney Fein.
The United States Attorney’s Office is charged with enforcing federal criminal laws in Connecticut, and with representing the federal government in civil litigation in the District. The District is composed of more than 60 Assistant United States Attorneys and approximately 55 staff members at offices in New Haven, Hartford and Bridgeport.
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