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Attorney General William P. Barr Announces the Designation of Seth D. DuCharme as Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of New York

WASHINGTON – Attorney General William P. Barr announced today the designation of Seth D. DuCharme as Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 3345(a)(3), effective July 10, 2020.

“Seth has served the Department with distinction during his time at Main Justice,” stated Attorney General Barr.  “He is a talented and experienced prosecutor who manages with a steady hand.  His experience in prosecuting violent crime, terrorism, and public corruption, will serve him well in his return to New York to lead the office.  The Deputy Attorney General and I look forward to working with him in his new role.”

“I am deeply honored to return to my home in the Eastern District of New York to serve as the Acting United States Attorney,” stated Mr. DuCharme.  “Applying all of my experience over the many years living here and working alongside some of the most outstanding people in the Department of Justice, I am firmly committed to serving our community and our country to the highest standards and in the finest tradition of this Office.  I wish my predecessor, Rich Donoghue, great success as he heads to Washington, D.C., to help lead the Department.” 

Mr. DuCharme will serve as chief federal law enforcement officer for a district comprising Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island in New York City, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island.  The district serves over eight million residents.  Its Criminal Division has approximately 115 Assistant U.S. Attorneys, and its Civil Division has approximately 60 Assistant U.S. Attorneys.

Mr. DuCharme most recently served in Main Justice as the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General.  From March 2019 to December 2019, Mr. DuCharme served as a Counselor to Attorney General Barr.  He worked with the Deputy Attorney General and the Attorney General to supervise and coordinate the work of all of the Department’s components, including all 93 United States Attorney’s Offices.  Additionally, he helped to coordinate national initiatives against fraud, opioid trafficking, transnational organized crime, international terrorism and other national security priorities. 

Prior to his work at Main Justice, Mr. DuCharme served as the Chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, where he supervised the investigations and prosecutions by the Office across a wide range of practice areas, including corporate and securities fraud, terrorism, cybercrime, public corruption, international narcotics trafficking, civil rights violations, and violent and organized crime. 

Mr. DuCharme first joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York in March 2008 and has served in the General Crimes, Violent Crimes and Terrorism, and National Security and Cybercrime Sections.  He also has served as the Office’s National Security Cyber Specialist and representative on the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council.

Mr. DuCharme is a 2003 graduate of Fordham University School of Law, where he was selected as a Stein Scholar and as an editor on the Fordham Law Review.  He graduated cum laude, Order of the Coif.  Mr. DuCharme received his B.A. from Hamilton College in 1992, with Honors in English literature. 

Before attending law school, Mr. DuCharme served as a Deputy U.S. Marshal in Brooklyn from 1996 to 2000.

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First Assistant United States Attorney Mark J. Lesko will remain in that role.



John Marzulli
United States Attorney's Office

Updated September 3, 2020

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