The Criminal Division makes up the largest contingent in the United States Attorney’s Office and includes 29 of our 39 Assistant United States Attorneys. The criminal division is organized into four sections: a Financial Crimes Section; a Violent Crimes Section; a National Security Section; and an Organized Drug Crime and Asset Forfeiture/Financial Litigation Unit (FLU) Section. In addition, each Section is comprised of task forces to better focus resources and coordination with law enforcement partners.
Financial Crimes Section
The Financial Crimes Section prosecutes a variety of economic crimes, including Ponzi schemes, investment fraud, bank fraud, tax fraud, bankruptcy fraud, government program fraud, and official corruption. This Section includes the Health Care Fraud Task Force, Diversion and Prescription Fraud Task Force, Environmental Crimes Task Force, Mortgage Fraud Task Force and Official Corruption Task Force. For more information about our Health Care Fraud program, including the growing problem of prescription drug abuse, click here. Health Care Fraud Page
Violent Crimes Section
The Violent Crimes Section focuses on all manner of violent federal felonies within three broad categories. The Section includes: the Project Safe Childhood initiative, which addresses child pornography and exploitation; the Project Safe Neighborhood Task Force that works with Federal, state and local law enforcement and communities to target gang activity and firearm toting felons; and, finally, violent crime in Indian Country, which frequently involves domestic violence and sexual assault. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, Project Safe Neighborhoods and Indian Country, click on the appropriate heading. Project Safe Childhood page; Project Safe Neighborhoods page; Native American Page
National Security Section
The National Security Section is responsible for supporting counterterrorism and counterespionage investigations and prosecutions in the district. In addition, the Section prosecutes civil rights violations, human trafficking, alien offenses, identity theft and cybercrime. The Anti-Terrorism Task Force, Identity Theft/Cybercrime Task Force, and Criminal Civil Rights Violations Task Force are part of this Section. One National Security Section AUSA and an intelligence specialist are assigned to the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC), which is comprised of federal, state and local law enforcement and community organizations dedicated to preventing terrorist attacks on American soil. For more information about the Department of Justice’s response to terrorism, click here: Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council. For more information on Identity Theft, click here: Identity Theft.
Organized Drug Crime and Asset Forfeiture/FLU Section
The Organized Drug Crime and Asset Forfeiture/FLU Section has two objectives: The first is to disrupt large scale drug-trafficking organizations including, but not exclusively, those that qualify for prosecution by the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The OCDETF targets regionally-sourced drug trafficking organizations. The Section’s second objective is to make sure crime does not pay. The Asset Forfeiture/FLU attorneys and staff forfeit property, through both civil and criminal actions, as well as collect fines and restitution.