The Criminal Division is responsible for all federal criminal prosecutions in the Southern District of Ohio. Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs) supervise criminal investigations and prosecute crimes in diverse areas including terrorism, drug trafficking, money laundering, white collar crime, financial institution fraud, organized crime, public corruption, child pornography, computer crimes, bank robbery, civil rights, health care fraud, environmental crime, firearm offenses and gun violence. There are three special units within the division: National Security and Anti-Terrorism, Financial Crimes, and the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.
The National Security and Anti-Terrorism Unit handles anti-terrorism investigations, as well as those involving breaches of national security, such as providing material support to an enemy, and espionage cases. In addition, the members of the Unit are responsible for the operation of the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council, and administer the district’s Critical Incident Response Plan.
The Financial Crimes Unit handles the investigation and prosecution of a variety of economic crimes, including mortgage fraud, corporate fraud, securities fraud, health care fraud, and public corruption (financial). Members of the Unit also participate in the Mortgage Fraud Task Force and the Health Care Fraud Task Force.
The OCDETF handles the investigation and prosecution of high level drug trafficking organizations operating within the United States, importing drugs into the country, and laundering the proceeds of drug trafficking. The task forces, consisting of AUSAs from all three offices in the district, along with agents from DEA, FBI, ICE, IRS, ATF and deputized local law enforcement officers, use electronic surveillance, confidential sources, and undercover operations to attack major traffickers. The district, through its asset forfeiture program, aggressively tracks, seizes, and forfeits the proceeds of this illegal activity.