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Four U.S. Attorney’s Office Employees Receive Prestigious Justice Department Awards


Attorney General Presents Awards for Superior Performance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 9, 2010

BALTIMORE, Md. - The U.S. Department of Justice held its 27th annual ceremony to present Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) Director’s Awards on Wednesday, December 8, 2010. Award recipients were recognized for their dedication to carrying out the Department of Justice’s mission. Recipients included Maryland First Assistant U.S. Attorney Stuart M. Goldberg, for Superior Performance in a Managerial Role; Assistant U.S. Attorneys Debra L. Dwyer and Kwame J. Manley, for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, in recognition of their work on an important criminal investigation; and Mary G. Hammond, for Superior Performance in a Litigative Support Role.

“These award recipients have been honored for their service and dedication to our country, as well as to their local communities,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “Each of these committed servants has helped to advance the Justice Department’s critical work. Their contributions have had a powerful impact in ensuring the strength of our justice system, the security of our communities, and the promise of our democracy."

“I am proud that the Justice Department recognized the exceptional work performed by employees of the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Debra L. Dwyer and Kwame J. Manley received awards for their work in the prosecution of a violent Baltimore drug-dealing organization known as “Special Heroin.” The challenging case resulted in convictions of three defendants who committed several murders and shootings of witnesses and potential cooperators, including the 2006 Thanksgiving Day murder of federal witness John Dowery.

Auditor Mary Hammond was recognized for her instrumental role in securing hundreds of millions of dollars in civil recoveries and settlements for the United States as part of the Affirmative Civil Enforcement program of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Ms. Hammond is a CPA who prepares comprehensive damages models to compute the financial loss to the government caused by health care fraud schemes and other false claims.

First Assistant U.S. Attorney Stuart M. Goldberg was recognized for developing innovative and effective law enforcement programs, particularly targeting public corruption and white collar fraud; promoting close working relationships with the FBI, State’s Attorney’s Offices and other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies; guiding the office’s successful efforts to enhance productivity and charge high quality impact cases and helping to assemble a diverse and superbly qualified team of Assistant U.S. Attorneys and staff.

The awards were presented by Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. and EOUSA Director H. Marshall Jarrett at a ceremony held in the Great Hall of the Robert F. Kennedy Main Justice Building, in Washington, D.C.

A panel selects the recipients of Director’s Awards based on nominations submitted by each of the nation’s 94 U.S. Attorneys.

The extraordinary work of Stuart M. Goldberg, Debra L. Dwyer, Kwame J. Manley and Mary G. Hammond has helped the Department of Justice to promote its mission to enforce all of our nation’s laws, including prosecuting civil rights violations, gang violence and drug crimes, as well as representing our client agencies, conducting civil enforcement, and assisting victims of crime.

The Executive Office for United States Attorneys provides oversight, general executive assistance, and direction to the 94 United States Attorneys’ offices around the country. For more information about EOUSA and its mission, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao.

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