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Public Corruption And Civil Rights Section

SECTION OVERVIEW

Attorneys in the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section prosecute impactful cases aimed at preserving the government’s integrity, reforming corrupt behavior, and protecting citizens’ constitutional rights. The Section works in close partnership with the FBI and other investigative agencies to achieve its goals.

The Section’s public corruption work involves the investigation and prosecution of bribery, extortion, fraud, and embezzlement committed by elected and appointed officials, government employees, and those doing business with city, state, and federal government. The Section handles a variety of civil rights cases, including allegations that law enforcement officers used excessive force against citizens.

SECTION LEADERSHIP

Brandon Fox

Brandon Fox is the Chief of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section.   AUSA Fox was an undergraduate at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and graduated from the DePaul University College of Law.  AUSA Fox has served as an Assistant United States Attorney for twelve years.  Prior to joining our Office, AUSA Fox was an AUSA in the Northern District of Illinois, where he served as Deputy Chief of its Public Corruption and Organized Crime, Financial Crimes, and General Crimes Sections. 

In 2012, AUSA Fox joined the USAO in the Central District of California and was named Deputy Chief of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section shortly thereafter.  Between the two offices, AUSA Fox has successfully prosecuted many significant cases, including those charging Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials with obstruction of justice and civil rights violations and others charging city, county, and federal officials with bribery and fraud.  Before becoming an Assistant United States Attorney, AUSA Fox served as a law clerk for the Honorable Amy J. St. Eve in the Northern District of Illinois.

RECENT CASES

July 26, 2016
Press Release
Former Payroll Clerk at Two Family-Owned Businesses Agrees to Plead Guilty to Wire Fraud Charge in $2 Million Embezzlement

July 25, 2016
Press Release
Long Beach Lobbyist Pleads Guilty to Federal Tax Charge and Admits Failing to Report Income Received from Illegal Marijuana Stores

June 13, 2016
Press Release
Former State Senator Ronald Calderon Agrees to Plead Guilty to Federal Corruption Charge; Admits Receiving Tens of Thousands of Dollars in Bribes

June 8, 2016
Press Release
Long Beach Lobbyist Agrees to Plead Guilty to Federal Tax Offense for Failing to Report Income Received from Illegal Marijuana Stores

May 13, 2016
Press Release
Former Federal Customs Official Sentenced to over 3 Years in Federal Prison in Scheme to Pay Bribes to Obtain Benefits for Immigrants

SECTION CONTACT INFORMATION

The United States Attorney's Office
Central District of California
Criminal Division
Attn: Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section
312 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, California 90012

Updated July 27, 2016