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U.S. Attorney Adds Prosecutor to Alexandria Fraud Unit

January 19, 2010

(Alexandria, Va) - Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, has hired Paul J. Nathanson to be an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the fraud unit for the Alexandria Division.

            “Paul brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our fraud unit,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “The U.S. Attorney’s office is aggressively pursuing financial fraud cases, especially those cases involving the more complex mortgage, securities, and investment fraud that have played a role in the economy’s downturn.  Paul will be an integral part of that effort.”

              In light of the recent economic crisis, prosecuting financial crimes is a high priority for the Department of Justice and for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. White-collar cases account for nearly 15 percent of the total caseload in the district and have increased nearly 9 percent from 2005 to 2009, with recent cases involving investment and mortgage fraud, identity theft, and government procurement fraud.

            Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Nathanson served in the U.S. Department of the Treasury, first as a member of the team implementing the policies of the President’s Automotive Industry Task Force, and then as a Senior Advisor to the Treasury Department General Counsel.  Prior to that, Nathanson was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm Baker Botts L.L.P., where he focused on appellate and white-collar criminal litigation.  Nathanson also served as a law clerk to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States, Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Judge Paul V. Niemeyer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

            Nathanson received his juris doctorate from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and his bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.



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