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United States Attorney Announces Staff Changes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 10, 2007

New First Assistant Named, Assistant United States Attorney Returns from Military Service, and Three Veteran State Prosecutors Join Office

Greensboro, NC – United States Attorney Anna Mills Wagoner announces the following developments regarding the staff of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of North Carolina:

John W. Stone, Jr. has been named First Assistant United States Attorney. He replaces Benjamin H. White, Jr., who recently retired. Stone was appointed as an Assistant United States Attorney in 1980. During his career, Stone has handled a wide variety of criminal and civil cases. For the past dozen years, he has served as the Chief of the Office’s Civil Division. Stone received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Wake Forest University. Before becoming an Assistant United States Attorney, Stone served as a law clerk for a United States Magistrate Judge and practiced law in Kernersville.

Assistant United States Attorney Graham T. Green has returned to the Office’s Criminal Division following 15 months of active duty military service, primarily in Kuwait, as an officer in the United States Army’s Judge Advocate General corps. Green originally joined the Office in 2005. He previously spent nine years as an Assistant District Attorney for Wilkes and Yadkin Counties. Green is a graduate of Appalachian State University and Campbell University School of Law. Green is based in the Office’s branch office in Winston-Salem.

Finally, three former Assistant District Attorneys from across North Carolina, Frank J. Chut, Jr., Anand P. Ramaswamy, and Terry M. Meinecke, have joined the Office’s Criminal Division. They will be formally sworn in as Assistant United States Attorneys in federal court in Greensboro at 9:30 A.M. on October 12, 2007.

Chut comes to the Office after nine years of service with the Guilford County District Attorney’s Office. He received the 2006 Prosecutor of the Year Award from the Carolinas Chapter of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators. Prior to his work as a local prosecutor, Chut practiced law in Greensboro and Raleigh. He holds undergraduate and law degrees from Duke University.

Ramaswamy was born and raised in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area. After three years of service in the United States Army’s 82d Airborne Division, Ramaswamy attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, from which he graduated magna cum laude with a double major in political science and geography. He received his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1997. Following two years of private practice, Ramaswamy became an Assistant District Attorney, serving for five years in Alamance County, two years in Rockingham County, and, most recently, in Orange County.

Meinecke joins the Office after more than six years of service as an Assistant District Attorney in Davidson County. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a law degree from the University of Nebraska School of Law. Meinecke is an officer in the United States Army Reserve’s Judge Advocate General corps.

“We are pleased to have Graham Green back from military service and to welcome three new Assistant United States Attorneys to the office,” said United States Attorney Wagoner. “All of them are fine people with outstanding records as prosecutors, and we are confident they will represent the United States and the citizens of the Middle District with professionalism and honor.”

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