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U.S. Attorney Adds Two Prosecutors To Financial Crimes and Public Corruption Unit, One to Narcotics

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March 10, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, today announced he has hired two additional prosecutors for the Financial Crimes and Public Corruption Unit and a prosecutor to the Narcotics Unit in the Alexandria Division.

                Attorney General Eric Holder has made clear that fighting financial fraud is one of his top priorities, particularly Recovery Act and rescue fraud, securities fraud, and corporate fraud. MacBride has hired Kosta Stojilkovic and Uzo Asonye as part of his effort to expand the Financial Crimes and Public Corruption Unit to better fulfill the Attorney General’s priorities.

                “Both Uzo and Kosta have the corporate-fraud experience we need to develop complex financial cases,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “We’re looking to them and others in our unit to aggressively pursue these cases and help ensure confidence in our financial system.”

                Asonye joins the U.S. Attorney’s Office from the Washington, D.C., law firm O’Melveny & Myers, where he has been a white-collar defense and corporate investigations associate for the last four years. Asonye’s law practice included counseling public companies, non-profit organizations and corporate executives in enforcement actions and investigations brought by government agencies, including the Justice Department, the U.S. Congress, the Federal Trade Commission and state Attorneys General. Asonye also previously worked in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. He received his juris doctorate from Yale Law School and received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.

                Stojilkovic spent the last three years as a white-collar defense and general litigation associate at Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C. He represented companies and individuals in enforcement actions, complex civil litigation, appeals, and internal investigations, including assisting a Special Committee of the Board of Directors of FINRA in evaluating that organization’s oversight of firms associated with Bernard Madoff and Allen Stanford. Stojilkovic clerked for the Honorable John Roberts, both in his capacity as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and as Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Stojilkovic received his juris doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

                MacBride has also hired Karen Dunn as an Assistant U.S. Attorney to handle the high number of drug-related cases brought in Alexandria’s Narcotics Unit. Drug cases are nearly one-fourth of the District’s caseload, largely consisting of cases against drug trafficking organizations and repeat offenders or others with violent or lengthy criminal records.

                “Drug trafficking is at the root of most violent crime, and our goal is to use the tough federal drug sentences to remove violent criminals from our streets for a long time,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “We’re grateful to have someone with Karen’s background in law and policy to help carry our demanding narcotics docket.”

                Dunn spent the last year as an Associate Counsel at the White House Counsel’s Office, where she handled a variety of legal issues including litigation and oversight, criminal law and policy, homeland security, emergency preparedness and immigration. Dunn clerked for the Honorable Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and the Honorable Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Before her legal career, Dunn spent time working in communications and legislative affairs in Congress and at ABC News. She received her juris doctorate from Yale Law School and her bachelor’s degree from Brown University.

 

 

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