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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 and allegations of hate crimes.

SECTION LEADERSHIP

Brandon Fox

Brandon Fox is the Chief of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section. AUSA Fox has served as an Assistant United States Attorney for thirteen years. Prior to joining our Office, he 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, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Amy J. St. Eve in the Northern District of Illinois and worked in private practice AUSA Fox was an undergraduate at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and graduated from the DePaul University College of Law.

RECENT CASES

April 19, 2017
Press Release
Former Mayor of South El Monte Sentenced to over a Year in Prison Plus Home Detention for Taking Cash Bribes from Contractor

March 29, 2017
Press Release
Former Compton Treasury Official Arrested on Federal Charges Related to Embezzlement of $3.7 Million from City Coffers

March 15, 2017
Press Release
Former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca Found Guilty of Orchestrating Scheme to Obstruct Federal Investigation into Jails

February 14, 2017
Press Release
Longtime Fugitive Enters Plea in Federal Hates Crimes Case Alleging Racially Motivated Murders of African Americans

February 9, 2017
Press Release
Owner of Schools that Illegally Allowed Foreign Nationals to Remain in U.S. as Foreign ‘Students’ Pleads Guilty to Federal Fraud Charges

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 April 20, 2017