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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

Joseph B. Widman

Joseph Widman is the Chief of the Riverside Branch Office. AUSA Widman has been an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California since September 2007 and has been in the Riverside Office since March 2008. As an AUSA, Mr. Widman has worked on cases involving multi-million dollar frauds, bank bribery, international smuggling, witness tampering,interstate gun trafficking, and first degree murder. He has also briefed and argued several appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

After serving as Deputy Chief from June 2012 through December 2013, in January 2014 AUSA Widman was appointed Chief of the Riverside Branch Office, supervising criminal matters in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. AUSA Widman is active in the legal community of the Inland Empire, currently serving as President Elect of the Federal Bar Association’s Inland Empire Chapter. Before joining the United States Attorney’s Office, AUSA Widman was a litigation associate for two large international law firms, focusing on civil securities defense and white collar defense.

Recent Cases

May 21, 2020
Press Release
Inland Empire Man Arrested on Wire Fraud Charge that He Engineered $10 Million Ponzi Scheme Targeting Elderly and Retired Victims

May 8, 2020
Press Release
Inland Empire Man Agrees to Plead Guilty to Charge that He Produced Dozens of Sexually Explicit Images and Videos of Children

May 4, 2020
Press Release
High Desert Man Who Robbed Eight Southern California Banks During a Six-Week Spree Sentenced to Over 7 Years in Federal Prison

March 12, 2020
Press Release
Two San Gabriel Valley Residents Arrested in Marriage Fraud Scheme

March 9, 2020
Press Release
San Bernardino County Man Who Brought Rifle into Restaurant after Being Denied Alcohol Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison

Section Contact Information

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 21, 2020

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