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U.S. Attorney Names New Supervisory Appointments

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly today announced new supervisory appointments within the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Lee Dayton has been appointed Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney.  Ms. Dayton joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2007 and has served as Chief of the Violent Crimes and Narcotics Unit and as Senior Litigation Counsel.  Since 2012, she has been a member of the Attorney General’s Review Committee on Capital Crimes.  She previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, and as a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles County.  Ms. Dayton graduated from Princeton University in 1992 and UC Berkeley School of Law in 1995.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David E. Novick has been named Chief of the Criminal Division’s Financial Fraud and Public Corruption Unit, which focuses on the investigation and prosecution of securities, commodities and investor fraud, public corruption, bank fraud and embezzlement, mortgage fraud, tax fraud, health care fraud, bankruptcy fraud and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.  He previously served as a Deputy Chief of the FFPC Unit.  Mr. Novick joined the Office in 2008 after serving as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for approximately five years.  He is a 1997 graduate of Yale University and a 2003 graduate of New York University School of Law.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah P. Karwan has been named a Deputy Chief of the FFPC Unit.  Prior to joining the Office in 2007, Ms. Karwan was in private practice for six years, and served as a law clerk to Chief U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello.  She is a 1997 graduate of the College of William and Mary and a 2000 graduate of the UConn School of Law.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Liam Brennan of the FFPC Unit has been asked to lead the Connecticut Public Corruption Task Force, which investigates corrupt public officials, the misuse of public funds and related criminal activity.  Mr. Brennan joined the Justice Department’s Fraud Section in Washington, D.C. in 2007, and moved to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2011.  He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2001 and Yale Law School in 2007.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacabed Rodriguez-Coss has been appointed a Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division’s National Security and Major Crimes Unit, which is responsible for prosecuting matters involving international and domestic terrorism, civil rights and hate crimes, human trafficking and child exploitation, cybercrime and identity theft, organized crime, immigration and customs enforcement, government program and defense contractor fraud, and environmental crimes.  Prior to joining the Office in 2014, Ms. Rodriguez-Coss was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in both the District of Maryland and the District of Puerto Rico, and served as a trial attorney in the Capital Case Section of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.  She graduated from Yale University in 1988 and Harvard Law School in 1991.

 “Our office is fortunate to have many experienced and talented attorneys dedicated to keeping our communities safe, enforcing federal laws fairly and consistently, and representing the interests of the United States in court,” said U.S. Attorney Daly.  “The AUSAs stepping into these supervisory roles are highly qualified and possess the skills and qualities to be effective and respected leaders.  I am honored to work side by side these men and women as well as all the members of our supervisory team.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is charged with enforcing federal criminal laws in Connecticut and representing the federal government in civil litigation.  The Office is composed of approximately 65 Assistant U.S. Attorneys and approximately 50 staff members at offices in New Haven, Hartford and Bridgeport.

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Updated November 3, 2015