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Central District of California

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Sandra R. Brown Named Acting United States Attorney For the Seven-County Central District of California

          LOS ANGELES – Sandra R. Brown has been named the Acting United States Attorney for the Central District of California, becoming the top federal law enforcement official in the most populous federal district in the nation.

          Ms. Brown took charge of the office on Saturday after former United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker resigned her position.

          With approximately 270 attorneys, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District is the largest Justice Department office outside of Washington D.C. The Central District of California is made up of seven counties – Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo – and is home to approximately 20 million residents.

          For the past year, Ms. Brown was the First Assistant United States Attorney – the number two position in the office. She has been with the United States Attorney’s Office since 1991, and she was Chief of the Tax Division from 2004 through 2016.

          “It is a true honor and privilege to lead the United States Attorney’s Office, home to the nation’s finest prosecutors and staff,” Ms. Brown said. “Over the past 25 years, I have seen firsthand the dedication, outstanding abilities and contributions of the men and women who represent the United States. We will continue our important work, which includes civil and tax litigation; defending the rights of both the government and its agents; and fighting national security threats, violent and organized crime, drug trafficking, hate crimes, financial fraud, public corruption, crimes against children, and the myriad of other threats to our public safety. I look forward to leading the office as we prosecute and defend some of the most important cases in the country.”

          As an Assistant United States Attorney, Ms. Brown represented the government in a wide range of matters in federal and state courts, including criminal, civil, appellate and bankruptcy matters.

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Updated March 14, 2017