G. Norman Acker, III
Acting U.S. Attorney
G. Norman Acker, III became the Acting U.S. Attorney on February 28, 2021, upon the resignation of the prior U.S. Attorney, Robert J. Higdon, Jr.
As Acting U.S. Attorney, Mr. Acker is the chief federal law enforcement officer in the Eastern District of North Carolina, which includes the 44 eastern-most counties of North Carolina. He oversees a staff of 125 employees, including 58 attorneys and 67 non-attorney support personnel. The office also partners with approximately 44 Special Assistant United States Attorneys from branches of the United States military, local District Attorneys’ offices and federal and state regulatory agencies. Each of these Special Assistants also works in federal court under the United States Attorney’s supervision.
The office is responsible for prosecuting federal crimes affecting the district, including crimes related to terrorism, public corruption, child exploitation, firearms, and narcotics. The office also defends the United States in civil cases and collects debts owed to the United States.
Prior to becoming Acting U.S. Attorney, Mr. Acker served as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for more than thirty years. During his tenure he has litigated numerous civil and criminal cases in United States District Court as well as in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. He was the Deputy Civil Chief and the Civil Chief for a total of 18 years, and between 2018 and 2021, he served as the First Assistant United States Attorney, supervising the work of the Civil, Criminal and Appellate Divisions.
While working as an AUSA, Mr. Acker’s primary focus of litigation was pursuing individuals and corporations who committed fraud against the United States. He was the Affirmative Civil Enforcement Coordinator and the Health Care Fraud Coordinator for the office. He handled “white collar” cases involving contract fraud against the military, health care fraud against the Medicare and Medicaid programs, as well as many other types of fraud against the government. He was responsible for collecting approximately $100 million from perpetrators of fraud against the government.
Mr. Acker was born and raised in Raleigh and is a lifelong resident of the Research Triangle area. He received both his undergraduate degree and his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been married for more than 37 years and has three grown children and four grandchildren.