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Criminal Division

Denise Cheung, Chief
Greg Maisel, Deputy Chief

Jennifer Blackwell, Deputy Chief

The Criminal Division represents the United States government in criminal matters before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Cases are handled by approximately 75 Assistant U.S. Attorneys, including Supervisory AUSAs, Senior line AUSAs and AUSAs who are assigned for short “rotations” in the division. The Criminal Division is divided into five litigating sections.

The Cyber Crime Section is a specialized unit that investigates and prosecutes a wide variety of cybercrimes; advises and assists other Sections and Divisions of the Office with issues involving electronic, computer, and internet-related evidence and legal processes; and works closely with the Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs (“OIA”) on an initiative to expedite the processing of Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (“MLAT”) requests from foreign countries that seek electronic evidence in the United States in support of foreign criminal investigations and proceedings.

The Fraud and Public Corruption Section handles white collar crime and public corruption offenses, major consumer fraud and identity theft, health care fraud, tax violations, corporate and securities fraud, mail and wire fraud, computer hacking, and intellectual property crimes.

The National Security Section is responsible for investigating and prosecuting international and domestic terrorism, export control violations, espionage, unlawful disclosure of classified information, threats against high-ranking public officials, non-terrorist extraterritorial violent crimes against American citizens, immigration violations, and other sensitive matters that implicate national security. We also have primary responsibility in the U.S. Attorney's Office for crisis response and management.

The Violent Crime and Narcotics Trafficking Section handles long-term investigations, initiatives, and prosecutions of gang-related violence and complex narcotics conspiracies, working with both our federal and local law enforcement partners.

Sections in the Criminal Division include:

Updated May 11, 2023

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