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Criminal Division

Mark Chutkow

Chief Mark Chutkow


Major Crimes Unit - Chief Matthew Roth

The Major Crimes Unit is responsible for prosecuting a wide variety of offenses, including firearms trafficking and unlawful possession, bank robbery, counterfeiting, postal violations, federal crimes against children, some types of fraud, and lower level drug trafficking crimes. MCU also runs two important programs: Project Safe Neighborhood (“PSN”) and Project Safe Childhood (“PSC”). PSN focuses on firearms reduction through enforcement and prevention, while PSC addresses the sexual exploitation of children by prosecuting child predators and educating parents, teachers, and children about internet safety.


Drug Task Force – Chief Julie Beck

The Drug Task Force prosecutes cases involving large-scale distribution of illegal narcotics and related violent criminal activity. The Drug Task Force is focused on investigating and prosecuting kingpins and distributors of heroin, cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine and ecstasy, among other dangerous drugs.


Health Care Fraud Unit - Chief Regina McCullough

The Health Care Fraud Unit investigates and prosecutes cases involving fraudulent billing in the Medicare, Medicaid and private health insurance programs, the diversion of prescription drugs to individuals without prescriptions, and other forms of fraud in the health care system. A working group comprised of attorneys from the Criminal and Civil Divisions collaborate on cases to attack fraud with all enforcement tools available.


National Security Unit - Chief Michael Martin

The National Security Unit investigates and prosecutes cases involving international and domestic terrorism, threats involving weapons of mass destruction, terrorism financing, espionage, immigration violations, alien smuggling, violation of export and technology controls, and other offenses that impact national and border security.


Public Corruption Unit - Chief David Gardey

The Public Corruption Unit investigates and prosecutes corruption by public officials and law enforcement officers. The Public Corruption Unit also handles criminal civil rights matters, such as hate crimes, police brutality and human trafficking.


Violent and Organized Crime Unit - Chief Craig Wininger

The Violent and Organized Crime Unit uses intelligence-driven strategies to investigate and prosecute violent crime. The Violent and Organized Crime Unit is also responsible for the prosecution of traditional organized crime, international organized crime, and smaller groups of individuals victimizing neighborhoods and businesses. The unit also uses traditional organized crime tools, such as racketeering charges, wiretaps, and the grand jury system, to attack violent street gangs.


White Collar Crime Unit - Chief John Neal

The White Collar Crime Unit directs federal investigations of financial crimes that arise in the private sector, especially fraud schemes executed through use of mail or wire communications. Crimes prosecuted by the WCCU include bank fraud, mortgage fraud, Ponzi schemes, corporate fraud, arson for profit, credit fraud, intellectual property violations (theft of trade secrets and copyright, trademark, and patent infringements) cybercrimes, environmental crimes, federal procurement fraud, tax violations, bankruptcy fraud and identity theft, as well as fraud schemes perpetrated by criminal organizations.

Updated October 7, 2020

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