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Attorney General Eric Holder Recognizes Employees From The
Eastern District Of Michigan

December 9, 2011

Assistant United States Attorney Joan Hartman, Law Enforcement Coordinator Robert Poikey and Program Specialist Linda Woodard of the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Michigan were three of 163 members of the Department of Justice recognized by Attorney General Eric Holder and Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) Director H. Marshall Jarrett at the 28th annual Director's Awards Ceremony today in Washington D.C.

The Eastern District of Michigan was one of several districts represented at the ceremony which was held in the Great Hall at the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building.

In his prepared remarks, Attorney General Holder told the awardees that they, "represent the very best that this Department has to offer" and that their "work embodies our ongoing commitment - not merely to win cases, but to do justice; to protect our fellow citizens; to empower the most vulnerable among us; and to uphold the rule of law."

"Each day the members of the US Attorneys' community go to work for the citizens of this country with one goal in mind - to do everything they can to protect the rights of all Americans," said EOUSA Director Jarrett. "I am continually humbled by their resiliency, dedication, and unparalleled work ethic to accomplish this noble mission. Today's awardees exemplify what it truly means to be a patriot and it is an honor to recognize them for their extraordinary service."

Joan Hartman received the award of Superior Performance by a Civil Assistant United States Attorney. Ms. Hartman was given this award for her exceptional efforts in the field of health care fraud prevention. She is known as one of the leading authorities on the civil fraud statutes. Her expertise in this area, combined with self-taught data interpretation skills, have led her to develop analyses to identify statistical anomalies associated with fraud. Through her efforts, likely health care fraud targets have been identified and investigated, resulting in the development of both civil and criminal fraud cases, and the recovery of substantial assets procured by fraud.

Robert Poikey and Linda Woodard received the award of Superior Performance by an Administrative Team. Together with their counterparts in the Western District of Michigan, Mr. Poikey and Ms. Woodard organized training programs throughout the state for more than 5,000 local, state, tribal and federal law enforcement officers at little or no cost to the attendees.

United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade stated, "It is very gratifying to see our dedicated public servants receive national recognition for the work they are doing for our citizens here in Michigan."

EOUSA provides oversight, general executive assistance, and direction to the 94 United States Attorneys' offices around the country. For more information on EOUSA and its mission, visit















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