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Riverside Branch Office

Section Overview

AUSAs in the Riverside Branch Office prosecute federal crimes that occur in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. These are the two geographically largest counties in the Central District of California, covering approximately two-thirds of the District’s land area, and have the fastest growing populations, with a current combined population of approximately 4.4 million residents.

AUSAs in the Riverside Branch Office handle all federal criminal cases, including: public corruption cases involving government officials; fraud cases, including mortgage fraud, investment fraud, bank fraud, identity theft, tax fraud, health care fraud, and fraud against the government; Project Safe Childhood cases, including those involving child pornography and child prostitution; violent crime cases, including prison murders and assaults, gang cases, firearms offenses, and bank robberies; drug trafficking cases; and immigration cases, including those involving alien smuggling and passport fraud.

Riverside Branch Office AUSAs work closely with agents from virtually every federal law enforcement agency, as well as with state and local law enforcement. AUSAs in the Riverside Branch Office also serve as coordinators for, or otherwise work closely with, a number of task forces in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, including the Gang Impact Team, which focuses on reducing gang-related drug trafficking and violent crimes in San Bernardino County, the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement task force, which focuses on child exploitation crimes, and the Inland Regional Corruption Task Force. The Riverside Branch Office also works closely with the District Attorney’s Offices of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, with some Deputy District Attorneys being cross-designated as Special Assistant United States Attorneys (SAUSAs) to work on cases of mutual interest.

Section Leadership

Jerry Yang

Assistant United States Attorney Jerry Yang joined the office in 2008 and has been a member of the Riverside Office the entire time.  From 2016 to 2020, he served as the deputy chief of the Riverside office.  During his time in the office, Mr. Yang has prosecuted a wide variety of cases, including violent crime, fraud, child exploitation, immigration, and narcotics cases.  He has also held a number of coordinator positions for the Riverside office, including the bankruptcy coordinator, SEC coordinator, diversion coordinator, CASA, and most recently, a member of the Equality Working Group.  Prior to joining the office, Mr. Yang practiced civil law for three years and graduated from Pomona College and the UCLA School of Law.

Recent Cases

May 7, 2021
Press Release
Former CEO of La Quinta Communication Services Company Pleads Guilty to Charges He Defrauded Major Lender to Tech Startups

April 29, 2021
Press Release
Salvadoran National Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison for Distributing Child Pornography, Failing to Register as Sex Offender

April 26, 2021
Press Release
Riverside Man Arrested on Federal Charge of ‘Animal Crushing’ After Allegedly Slitting His Dog’s Throat and Posting Video on Snapchat

April 20, 2021
Press Release
Construction Firm Pays $2.5 Million to Settle Allegations of Exploiting Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program

April 9, 2021
Press Release
3 Inland Empire Women Arrested on Charges of Illegally Obtaining COVID-Related Unemployment Benefits in Names of Prison Inmates


The United States Attorney's Office
Central District of California
Riverside Branch Office
Suite 200
3403 Tenth Street
Riverside, California 92501
(855) 700-2768 (Toll Free)
(951) 368-1488 (Complaints)

Updated May 7, 2021

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