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U.S. Attorney hires new affirmative civil enforcement attorney

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 23, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, has hired Peter S. Hyun as a new Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) section of the Alexandria Division.

            “The Justice Department announced this week that it has recovered more than $5.4 billion in taxpayer dollars under the False Claims Act in the last two years,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “My office is playing a key role on going after those who have defrauded the government and hold them accountable for stealing taxpayer dollars.  Peter’s experience as a public and private attorney has prepared him to investigate and prosecute frauds against the government.

            Through the ACE program, the U.S. Attorney’s Office supervises investigations and pursues civil remedies to recover government money lost to fraud. The Department of Justice has recently stepped up efforts – including providing funding to hire additional ACE Assistant U.S. Attorneys – to pursue actions against those who engage in fraud involving federal funds, including financial and mortgage fraud, procurement fraud, health care and quality of care fraud, grant fraud, and drug diversion. The new ACE position in the Eastern District of Virginia is one of 10 new affirmative civil attorney positions funded nationwide in 2010.

            Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Hyun was an Assistant Attorney General for the New York State Office of the Attorney General, where he represented the state, state agencies and state officers in a wide variety of civil rights, constitutional, employment, and civil affirmative matters. Hyun previously practiced civil litigation in the Manhattan office of Sidley Austin, LLP, and clerked for the Honorable Suzanne B. Conlon in the Northern District of Illinois.  

            Hyun received his juris doctorate from New York University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree in rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley.

 

 

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