About the Office
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri serves 49 counties, which consists of over half the population of Missouri. There are two offices: St. Louis and Cape Girardeau. The United States Code delegates three statutory responsibilities to U.S. Attorneys under Title 28, United States Code, Section 547:
- the prosecution of criminal cases brought by the Federal Government
- the prosecution and defense of civil cases in which the United States is a party
- the collection of debts owed to the Federal Government which are administratively uncollectible
The U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecutes violations of federal crimes that occur in our district. Those crimes include terrorism, drug trafficking, financial fraud, public corruption, firearms, child exploitation, bank robberies, interstate kidnapping, tax fraud, identity theft, health care fraud, counterfeiting, human trafficking, immigration crimes and civil rights violations.
The Civil Division handles both affirmative and defensive litigation for the United States. The Civil Division represents the federal government, its agencies and employees in civil court actions. Our Financial Litigation Unit collects judgments on debts to the federal government, including unpaid restitution and unpaid fines.
The Criminal Division has a number of subdivisions, including the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), the Violent Crime Unit and the General Crimes Section. The Violent Crime Unit handles non-Task Force drug cases, cases involving felony possession of a firearm, bank robberies, kidnapping and threats against federal officials. The various general crimes are criminal civil rights, environmental crimes, health care fraud, insurance fraud, labor racketeering/organized crime, official corruption, child exploitation, cybercrime and other white collar offenses, including financial fraud, which handles allegations of fraud within financial institutions.
The mission of the Office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri is to represent the people of the United States by investigating and prosecuting federal crimes, enforcing civil rights and remedies and protecting the interests of the United States.
We serve the public by performing our responsibilities with integrity and fairness, and in partnership with law enforcement and the community. We are dedicated to exercising the powers entrusted to our office by the people to promote justice, safeguard public resources, protect the well-being of all and foster respect for the rule of law.
Our Guiding Principles
Truth and Justice
We serve the public interest by vigorously enforcing federal laws and representing the interests of the United States, ever mindful that our duty is to search for truth and achieve justice.
Integrity and Professionalism
We are committed to maintaining the highest ethical, professional and performance standards in all that we do.
We strive to foster respect for the rule of law. We are committed to treating each other and all those with whom we interact in the administration of justice with dignity and respect.
We are guided by fairness and impartiality. We are committed to enforcing the law fairly and to fostering equal access to justice. We treat all people without bias or prejudice, both in our workplace and in our work.
We are dedicated to providing leadership and serving as a catalyst for government and private entities to educate the public, prevent and deter crime, and improve the quality of life in our community.