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U.S. Attorney Names New Leadership for Criminal Division

February 1, 2012

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, today announced the promotion of Bob Wiechering as the new chief of the District’s Criminal Division and Michael Dry as the new deputy criminal chief.

            Wiechering replaces David Novak, who was sworn in today as a U.S. Magistrate Judge serving in the Richmond Division of the Eastern District of Virginia.

            “Bob Wiechering has been the backbone of the Eastern District of Virginia leadership for many years,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “He carries a tremendous load and makes it look effortless, always having the time to counsel and guide prosecutors throughout the District. Bob is a natural fit as our next criminal chief, and we wish Dave Novak all the best as he starts his new career as a federal magistrate judge in Richmond.”

            Wiechering has been a prosecutor in the Eastern District of Virginia since 1985, serving as a line prosecutor and supervisor in the Norfolk and Alexandria Divisions and handling a broad array of cases ranging from violent crime to white collar prosecutions, such as the illegal employment of a Senior Air Force Official by the Boeing Corporation and the prosecution of the Executive Director of the National Capital Area United Way.  From 2004 through 2011, he led the Office’s cyber crime unit, prosecuting “Drink or Die” a groundbreaking prosecution of an international Warez internet piracy group for criminal copyright infringement, and overseeing the expansion of the District’s Project Safe Childhood (PSC) initiative to target internet predators.

            Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Wiechering served six years as a member of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He received his juris doctorate from The Ohio State College of Law and his master of laws from George Washington University College of Law.

            Wiechering previously served as deputy criminal chief, and today MacBride announced that Michael Dry has been selected to fill that role in the Office.

            “Through Mike Dry’s leadership, our office created a financial fraud task force that features an unprecedented partnership among criminal investigators and civil regulators,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “He has coordinated some of our Office’s most complex cases and will be a vital resource throughout the District as we continue our effort to expand the national and international reach of our Office.”

            Dry previously served as the district-wide Corporate and Securities Fraud Coordinator and was responsible for coordinating the office’s corporate fraud cases across the four divisions in Alexandria, Richmond, Norfolk, and Newport News.

            A faculty member of the ABA National Institute on Securities Fraud, Dry joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2004 and has brought numerous securities fraud, bank fraud, money laundering and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases, including several high-profile, complex white-collar fraud cases such as the jury trials of two hedge fund managers of A&O Life Funds and the prosecution of Edward Okun, who defrauded hundreds of victims out of more than $130 million and was sentenced to 100 years in prison.

            Dry served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert G. Doumar, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia in Norfolk. He received his juris doctorate from William & Mary School of Law and his M.B.A. from the University of Nebraska.


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