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MANHATTAN U.S. ATTORNEY ANNOUNCES CRIMINAL DIVISION SUPERVISORY APPOINTMENTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday February 15, 2012

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today the appointments of Marc Berger as Chief and Anjan Sahni as Deputy Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force in the Office’s Criminal Division.  Mr. Bharara also announced the appointment of Jocelyn Strauber as Co-Chief of the Criminal Division’s Terrorism & International Narcotics Unit.

Mr. Berger, who joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2002, had previously served as Deputy Chief of the Task Force and replaces Christopher Garcia, who has left the Office for private practice.  Prior to becoming Deputy Chief in March 2010, Mr. Berger was a member of the Task Force, where he successfully prosecuted several large-scale securities fraud schemes, including a $23 million real estate offering fraud perpetrated by three principals of the Cobalt Companies and a $13 million Ponzi scheme run by Hayim Regensberg, the president of Manhattan investment firms.  Mr. Berger was previously a member of the Office’s International Narcotics Trafficking Unit.  He graduated from Cornell University in 1996 and the University of Virginia School of Law in 1999.  After law school, Mr. Berger clerked for the Honorable Richard M. Berman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and worked as a litigation associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in New York.

Mr. Sahni had previously served as Co-Chief of the Terrorism & International Narcotics Unit since its creation in January 2010.  The Unit was formed through the merger of the Office’s Terrorism and National Security Unit and the International Narcotics Trafficking Unit, where Mr. Sahni had served as Chief since October 2009.  Mr. Sahni, who joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2005, has supervised several successful terrorism and international narcotics prosecutions.  He participated in the 2011 trial conviction of international weapons trafficker Viktor Bout and oversaw the successful prosecution of Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad.  He graduated from Emory College in 1998 and Yale Law School in 2001.  After law school, Mr. Sahni clerked for the Honorable Pierre N. Leval of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and worked as an associate at Wilmer Hale in New York. 

Ms. Strauber joined the Office in 2004 and had previously served as Deputy Chief of the Terrorism & International Narcotics Unit since its creation in January 2010.  Prior to that, she was Deputy Chief of the International Narcotics Trafficking Unit, a position she was appointed to in October 2009.  Ms. Strauber has played a valuable role in several high profile narcotics and terrorism cases, including overseeing the successful prosecution of Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad.  She was also part of the Southern District team that secured the guilty plea of Jamaican drug lord Christopher Coke.  She graduated from Brown University in 1995 and Duke University School of Law in 1998.  After law school, she clerked for the Honorable A. Raymond Randolph of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and then for the late Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, the Honorable William H. Rehnquist.  Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she worked as a litigation associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York.

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In making these appointments, Mr. Bharara stated:   “Each of these prosecutors possesses the qualities that are essential to this Office – an expert knowledge of the law, a dedication to excellence, and a commitment to justice.  They’ve served the Office very well during their respective tenures, and I’m confident they will continue to do so in their new positions.”

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