The Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS) leads the Department's asset forfeiture and anti money laundering enforcement efforts. AFMLS provides leadership by: (1) prosecuting and coordinating complex, sensitive, multidistrict, and international money laundering and asset forfeiture investigations and cases; (2) providing legal and policy assistance and training to federal, state, and local prosecutors and law enforcement personnel, as well as to foreign governments; (3) assisting Departmental and interagency policymakers by developing and reviewing legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives; and (4) managing the Department's Asset Forfeiture Program, including distributing forfeited funds and properties to appropriate domestic and foreign law enforcement agencies, as well as adjudicating petitions for remission or mitigation of forfeited assets.
This position is assigned to the Bank Integrity Unit (BIU) within AFMLS. BIU investigates and prosecutes complex, multidistrict and international criminal cases involving the financial institutions and individuals who violate the Bank Secrecy Act, the money laundering statutes, U.S. sanctions regimes (such as the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Trading with the Enemy Act (TWEA), and other related statutes. BIU's investigations and prosecutions generally focus on financial institutions and their officers, managers, and employees, especially when their actions threaten the integrity of the individual institution or the wider financial system. BIU's focus encompasses the full range of financial institutions as defined by the Bank Secrecy Act, including casinos, money service businesses, and others.
The Criminal Division, Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section, U.S. Department of Justice seeks experienced, motivated attorneys for the Bank Integrity Unit that will focus on investigating and prosecuting financial institutions and individuals for Bank Secrecy Act and money laundering criminal violations.
As a Trial Attorney, the incumbent:
- Investigates and pursues criminal violations by financial institutions and their officers, managers, and employees, especially when the violations include the Bank Secrecy Act, the Money Laundering Control Act, and willful violations of U.S. sanctions regimes (such as IEEPA and TWEA);
- Leads and undertakes the most complex investigations and prosecutions within the federal courts throughout the United States; makes charging decisions and proposes dispositions with regard to assigned cases, issues lacking precedent, and other challenges in compliance with Department, Division, and Section policies and practices;
- Contributes to the development and maintenance of BIU's mission by maintaining positive and effective relationships with our numerous law enforcement partners;
- Coordinates and partners with U.S. Attorneys, attorneys in other federal law enforcement agencies, FinCEN, and other regulators in the development and management of MLBIU prosecutions;
- Advises and instructs federal agents and U.S. Attorneys on complicated questions of law and Departmental policy; and
Advises and consults with the BIU Deputy Chief, the AFMLS Section Chief, the Deputy Assistant Attorney General, the Assistant Attorney General, and others on the status of all cases and matters.
Interested applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and have at least 4 years post J.D. experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: independently performing legal analysis; composing pleadings, briefs and other court documents involving unique and/or difficult legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting highly complex civil or criminal litigation; and leading paralegals and support staff. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing.
Preferred Qualifications: Qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the presence of any of the following competencies.
- Ability to plan and carry out complex cases involving violations of federal statutes.
- Superior oral advocacy preparation and experience.
Superior written and analytical skills.
While this vacancy announcement expires on December 25, 2016, the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made. The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
All interested attorneys meeting these qualifications should submit a cover letter and resume to AFMLSAttorney.Hiring@usdoj.gov.