Fraud, Public Corruption, and Civil Rights Section
Jon Hooks, Chief
Kate Rakoczy, Chief, Fraud Unit
Liz Aloi, Chief, Public Corruption, and Civil Rights Section
The Fraud, Public Corruption, and Civil Rights Section (“FPCCR") consists of two litigating units, the Fraud Unit and the Public Corruption and Civil Rights (“PCCR") Unit. The Fraud Unit prosecutes white-collar offenses, such as frauds on government agencies, including health-care fraud, tax fraud, and frauds on COVID-19 relief programs; frauds targeting businesses, non-profits, and social institutions, whether by insiders or outsiders, including business email compromise schemes; foreign corrupt practices; money laundering networks perpetrating frauds against financial institutions and online through cryptocurrencies; and cyber-enabled frauds (such as malware and carding forums) and crimes (such as hacking/intrusion). The PCCR Unit prosecutes public corruption offenses, such as bribery of local and federal officials; willful conflicts of interest; theft of government funds; election crimes; and efforts to obstruct or interfere with the lawful functioning of Congress, the Judiciary, and Executive Branch. The PCCR Unit is equally committed to prosecuting civil rights offenses, such as crimes based on protected characteristics, including race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability; excessive force by law enforcement; and other color-of-law violations.
FPCCR often collaborates with Justice Department litigating components such as Fraud, Public Integrity, Money Laundering and Asset Recovery, Computer Crime and Intellectual Property, and Civil Rights. FPCCR receives referrals from federal law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations Division, and the Inspector General community, as well as local law enforcement agencies such as the District of Columbia Office of Inspector General and the Metropolitan Police Department.
The Section has designated personnel who work closely with law enforcement agents in specialized areas such as health care fraud and computer crimes. Because of its unique location in our nation's capital, the section often has venue for crimes with a nexus to different states or even foreign countries. The section is staffed by experienced professionals who are dedicated to protecting the rights of victims of crime while deterring criminal wrongdoing.