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Six Maryland Assistant U.S. Attorneys Recognized by Attorney General Holder at Annual Justice Department Awards


Attorney General Presents Awards for Distinguished Service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 19, 2011

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder recognized 340 department employees, including six Maryland Assistant U.S. Attorneys, for their distinguished public service today at the 59th Annual Attorney General Awards Ceremony. Forty-four other individuals outside of the department are also honored for their work. Held at DAR Constitution Hall, this annual ceremony recognizes both department employees and others for their dedication to carrying out the Department of Justice’s mission.

Maryland Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert Hur, Sandra Wilkinson, William Moomau, James A. Crowell and former Assistant U.S. Attorneys Chan Park and Michael J. Leotta were honored with the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service.

“This year’s award recipients have made significant contributions across, and far beyond, the Department of Justice and helped to protect the rights, safety and best interests of the citizens we are privileged to serve,” Attorney General Holder said. “I am grateful for the dedication and passion that these extraordinary public servants bring to their work, and I am honored to count them as colleagues.”

“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 Robert Hur, Sandra Wilkinson, William Moomau, and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Chan Park, received awards for their work in a major gang case. Team members from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the DOJ Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section, La Policia Nacional Civil in San Salvador, El Salvador, the Prince George’s County Police Department, and the Maryland National Capital Park Police were also recognized.

Assistant U.S. Attorney James A. Crowell and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Leotta were recognized for their work on a high profile corruption matter. Additional team members from the DOJ Tax Division Criminal Enforcement Section for the Northern Region, the DOJ Criminal Division’s Public Integrity and Fraud Sections, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida were also recognized.

Nominations for Attorney General’s Awards are submitted by Department of Justice agencies and components, including each of the nation’s 93 U.S. Attorneys.

The extraordinary work of Chan Park, Robert Hur, Sandra Wilkinson, William Moomau, James A. Crowell, Michael J. Leotta, and the members of their teams, 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.

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