After almost 26 years in the Criminal Division, I remain proud
and excited to be a member of the “nation’s largest
law firm,” one of the many people who go to work each day
with one goal: to do the right thing.
I am the Deputy Director of the Office of Enforcement Operations (“OEO”) in the Criminal Division. OEO is a non-litigating section that reviews and recommends the approval or denial of requests from United States Attorneys’ Offices and law enforcement agencies to use many sensitive investigative and prosecutive tools, including wiretaps, the federal Witness Security Program, witness immunities, subpoenas to attorneys and members of the media, and the international transfer of prisoners.
Following ten years as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland, I joined the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division in 1985, as a lateral hire. While I loved my job as a county prosecutor, I was seeking relief from the emotional toll of dealing on a daily basis with cases involving rape, robbery, burglary, murder, child sexual abuse, and arson. The analytical nature of investigating and prosecuting large fraud cases was the perfect solution for me. After trying a tax and securities fraud case in Kansas City, Missouri, and spending four years on a wiretap investigation that successfully targeted corruption in the Navy and Air Force weapons procurement process, I transferred to the Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section where I worked for almost two years.
In 1993, I accepted an offer to join the Electronic Surveillance Unit of OEO, where I was able to expand upon the knowledge of the law and procedures for conducting federal wiretaps that I had gained during the Fraud Section investigation. I am proud of the assistance that I was able to provide in three major wiretap investigations. I worked on the first-ever wiretap over the Internet. I assisted the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia on wiretaps that led to the conviction of the murderer of three young employees in Georgetown. Finally, I worked with the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland in obtaining wiretap evidence that led to the convictions of a father and the hit man he hired to murder his estranged wife, their severely disabled son, and the son’s nurse.
I have not been a litigator for many years, but still find my current position fascinating and rewarding. While all of OEO’s work is behind-the-scenes support of investigations and trials around the country, I still feel a great sense of satisfaction in providing advice on issues that arise and in handling emergencies as necessary. As a senior manager, my focus has shifted to making the “trains run on time.” I work to make sure that OEO has the resources it needs to provide the best possible support to the field. At the same time, I work to make sure that we are using those resources effectively, are providing good value to the taxpayer, and are operating efficiently by making use of the most recent technology available.
After almost 26 years in the Criminal Division, I remain proud and excited to be a member of the “nation’s largest law firm,” one of the many people who go to work each day with one goal: to do the right thing.