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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. Marc H. Silverman 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.  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.  Nancy V. Gifford is the Chief of the Unit and Neeraj N. Patel 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.  Jocelyn Courtney Kaoutzanis is the Chief of the Unit, John T. Pierpont, Jr. is the Deputy Chief, and Brian P. Leaming serves as Chief of OCDETF, which targets major drug trafficking operations responsible for the distribution of large quantities of narcotics by violent drug organizations.  AUSA Pierpont also serves as PSN Coordinator, overseeing firearms prosecutions that seek to deter the illegal possession of guns and reduce gun and gang violence.  Also within the unit, Patrick F. Caruso serves as the Opioids Coordinator.

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.

Updated July 13, 2022