The Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking a qualified, experienced attorney for a permanent position in MLARS located in Washington, DC. A remote location outside of Washington DC will be considered for qualified candidates. The incumbent of this position serves as a Trial Attorney for the Digital Currency Initiative in the Special Financial Investigations Unit of the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (MLARS).
The Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section's (MLARS) mission is to take the profit out of crime. As a Criminal Division component, MLARS accomplishes its mission by pursuing criminal prosecutions and forfeiture actions against financial institutions and their officers and employees engaged in money laundering, Bank Secrecy Act, and sanctions violations; and attorneys, financial professionals, and other facilitators or third party money launderers who move money for transnational criminal organizations, particularly cybercriminals and the drug cartels. In addition, MLARS forfeits the proceeds of high-level foreign corruption and prosecutes third party money launderers who move corruption proceeds, through the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative. MLARS also plays a leadership role in the Department's money laundering and asset forfeiture efforts by assisting Departmental and interagency policymakers by developing legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives to combat global illicit finance; returning forfeited criminal proceeds to benefit those harmed by crime through remission and restoration processes; distributing forfeited assets to offset the costs to state, local, and foreign law enforcement for partnering with the United States in federal prosecutions; and providing legal and policy assistance and training to federal, state, and local prosecutors and law enforcement personnel, as well as to foreign governments.
As a Trial Attorney, and in partnership with other members of the Digital Currency Initiative, the incumbent:
- Serves as a subject matter expert on digital currency and blockchain technologies for the Criminal Division.
- Identifies unexploited opportunities to target for criminal prosecution the professional money launderers, money transmitters, gatekeepers and financial institutions that utilize digital currency and works with investigators and MLARS' litigating units to pursue these opportunities.
- On a strategic basis, prosecutes criminal and civil matters of national significance involving offenders who utilize digital currency.
- Coordinates national and international money laundering and forfeiture actions related to digital currency with and through law enforcement agencies and other Department of Justice components.
- Works closely with U.S. Attorney's Offices, Department components, and investigative agencies involved in digital currency investigations to develop a comprehensive, nationwide strategy in which information and evidence is exchanged, investigative actions are coordinated, and the indictments, arrests, forfeiture actions, and prosecutions are planned and coordinated.
- Provides advice and expertise to MLARS' Policy Unit on legislative and regulatory matters and works with the Policy and Program Management Units to propose and develop guidance and policy relating to digital currency prosecutions and forfeitures, as needed.
- Advises and instructs federal agents and prosecutors on complex questions of law related to digital currency to inform litigation decisions and prosecutorial strategies and to maximize asset recovery, including but not limited to reviewing search and seizure warrants, restraining orders, criminal forfeiture allegations, indictments, and other pleadings.
- Develops and maintains relationships with partners at the U.S. Attorney's Offices, other litigating components and offices, and federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies that investigate and prosecute digital currency cases, as well as with partners at regulatory agencies, the intelligence community, and private industry.
- Develops and executes training and educational materials relating to digital currency for the Department and law enforcement agencies.
Due to COVID-19, if selected, you may be expected to telework for an undefined period under the Department’s evacuation authority, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Employees in this status may be notified of a requirement to report in person to the component workplace with an advance notice of not less than 30 days. Prior to a requirement to report to the workplace, employees may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the component’s telework 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 five (5) 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 working as an attorney on money laundering, asset forfeiture, or complicated white collar cases involving virtual currencies.
- Extensive knowledge pertaining to digital currencies and blockchain technology.
- Knowledge of money laundering and asset forfeiture law.
- At least five (5) years' trial experience as a prosecutor or trial attorney handling criminal matters.
- Experience investigating criminal matters involving complex or sensitive law enforcement techniques.
The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
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