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Criminal Division

The Criminal Division, which is responsible for enforcing federal criminal laws, comprises four program-based units:  National Security and Cybercrime, Major Crimes, Violent Crimes and Narcotics, and Financial Fraud and Public Corruption. Sarah P. Karwan is the Chief of the Criminal Division.

The National Security and Cybercrime Unit

The National Security and Cybercrime Unit is responsible for prosecuting matters involving international and domestic terrorism, customs enforcement and identity theft, and the rapidly expanding problem of sophisticated cybercrimesPeter S. Jongbloed is the Chief of the Unit and Vanessa Richards is the Deputy Chief.  The Unit also coordinates the District’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Committee (ATAC).

The Major Crimes Unit

The Major Crimes Unit is responsible for prosecuting matters including immigration, human trafficking and child exploitation, civil rights and hate crimes, government program fraud, and environmental crimes.  Michael S. McGarry is the Chief of the Unit and Sarala V. Nagala is the Deputy Chief.

The Violent Crimes and Narcotics Unit

The Violent Crimes and Narcotics Unit includes the District’s Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) prosecutions, and violent crime, gangs and narcotics investigations.  S. Dave Vatti is the Chief of the Unit, and AUSAs Michael J. Gustafson and Anthony E. Kaplan are the Deputy Chiefs.  AUSA Gustafson serves as PSN Coordinator, overseeing firearms prosecutions that seek to deter the illegal possession of guns and reduce gun and gang violence.  AUSA Kaplan serves as the District’s OCDETF Coordinator, which targets major drug trafficking operations responsible for the distribution of large quantities of narcotics by violent drug organizations.

The Financial Fraud and Public Corruption Unit

The Financial Fraud and Public Corruption Unit includes securities and investor fraud, public corruption, bank fraud and embezzlement, mortgage fraud, tax fraud, health care fraud, bankruptcy fraud and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.  David E. Novick is the Chief of the Unit and Christopher W. Schmeisser is the Deputy Chief.  This Unit includes the Connecticut Public Corruption Task Force and the Connecticut Securities Fraud Task Force.

Updated May 27, 2020

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