The Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (MLARS) leads the Department's anti-money laundering enforcement and asset forfeiture efforts. This posting is for a Trial Attorney in the Bank Integrity Unit (BIU).
The mission of the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (MLARS) is to take the profit out of crime and protect the U.S. financial system. MLARS investigates and prosecutes complex international money laundering and asset forfeiture cases, and has responsibility for managing the Department's Asset Forfeiture Program. Prosecutors in MLARS handle investigations, prosecutions, and civil and criminal forfeiture involving: violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), sanctions regimes, and related laws by financial institutions and their employees; high-level foreign corruption and international money laundering schemes aimed at laundering the proceeds of foreign corruption through the U.S. financial system and the forfeiture of assets related to those schemes; schemes involving professional money launderers and gatekeepers to the financial system; and other complex criminal schemes.
The Bank Integrity Unit (BIU) investigates and prosecutes complex, multi-district, and international criminal cases involving financial institutions and individuals who violate federal law, including the BSA, the Money Laundering Control Act, and U.S. sanctions regimes, such as the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Trading With the Enemy Act (TWEA).
As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.
MLARS seeks a qualified prosecutor and litigator for the BIU. The BIU's criminal investigations and prosecutions generally focus on financial institutions whose actions threaten the integrity of the individual institution or the wider financial system. The BIU's focus encompasses the full range of financial institutions, including banks, casinos, money service businesses, digital currency exchanges, payment providers, and others.
The successful candidate's responsibilities will include:
- Investigating and prosecuting criminal offenses involving financial institutions and their officers, employees, and agents, including violations of the BSA, the Money Laundering Control Act, and U.S. sanctions regimes (such as IEEPA and TWEA), and pursuing related asset forfeitures;
- Leading complex investigations of financial crimes in districts throughout the United States, utilizing sophisticated law enforcement techniques to pursue investigations, obtaining evidence from various sources and jurisdictions, and effectively partnering with U.S. Attorney's Offices and law enforcement agencies to advance those investigations;
- Recommending charging decisions and proposing dispositions in accordance with Department, Division, and Section policies and practices;
- Producing discovery, preparing for trial, and trying cases in federal courts throughout the United States;
- Briefing BIU supervisors, the MLARS Section Chief, the Deputy Assistant Attorney General, the Assistant Attorney General, and others on the status of all cases and matters;
- Maintaining positive and effective relationships with our law enforcement partners; and
- Advising federal agents and prosecutors on complicated questions of law and Department policy.
Required Qualifications: Interested applicants must possess a J.D., or equivalent, 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 be an active member of the bar in good standing. To qualify at the GS-15 grade level, applicants must have at least four (4) years post-J.D. legal 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.
Preferred Qualifications: Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following competencies:
- Demonstrates litigation experience at a high level;
- Demonstrates sound legal judgment; and
- Ability to supervise attorneys and legal support staff.
The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
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