The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland is headed by United States Attorney Erek L. Barron. The Office is led by United States Attorney Barron, First Assistant United States Attorney Phil Selden, Executive Assistant United States Attorney Ayn Ducao and Counsel Steve Schenning. The Office Case Matter Divisions are comprised of Assistant United States Attorneys and support personnel that includes members of the Appellate, Civil, Criminal Divisions.
The Appellate Division is responsible for overseeing the handling of appeals in criminal cases in our district.
Criminal Division AUSAs prepare their own briefs and argue their own appeals, however the Appellate Division plays an integral role in the litigation of appeals in the Fourth Circuit arising from the District of Maryland. This includes assisting in drafting and editing briefs, conducting moot courts and otherwise preparing AUSAs for oral arguments, writing briefs and handling oral arguments. The Appellate Division also assists in the preparation of responses to post-appeal collateral attacks. In addition, the Appellate Division is actively involved in determining whether to file government appeals, reviewing and editing district court filings on significant points of law, providing legal advice generally to Criminal Division AUSAs, and participating in the formulation of office policy and trainings.
Assistant United States Attorney Jason Medinger serves as the Chief of the Appellate Division with assistance from three Deputy Chiefs, including Assistant United States Attorneys Christina Hoffman, Brandon Moore and Elizabeth Wright. They can be reached by calling 410-209-4800 and 301-344-4433, respectively.
The Civil Division, based in Baltimore, defends agencies of the United States when sued in court, prosecutes affirmative civil matters to enforce federal law and collects debts owed to the United States. Civil Division Assistant U.S. Attorneys represent the interests of the United States in litigation involving the United States in federal and state courts in Maryland. Civil litigation encompasses many subject matters, including administrative, bankruptcy, civil rights, commercial, constitutional, employment, environmental, fraud, immigration, tax and tort matters. In fiscal year 2020, the Division collected $19,685,099.09 in civil actions.
The Civil Division is supervised by Chief Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Corcoran with assistance from Deputy Chief Assistant United States Attorney Tarra Deshields. They can be reached by calling 410-209-4800.
The Criminal Division includes prosecutors in the Northern Division in Baltimore and prosecutors in the Southern Division in Greenbelt. In fiscal year 2020, the District of Maryland collected criminal debts owed to the United States government and to federal crime victims, including restitution, criminal fines and felony assessments. Assistant United States Attorney Michael Hanlon serves as the Chief of the Criminal Division, and he can be reached by calling 410-209-4800. Deputy Criminal Chief Clinton Fuchs can be reached by calling 410-209-4800.
In Baltimore Criminal Division attorneys and support personnel are divided into five sections and one unit and in the Southern Division attorneys and support personnel are in Greenbelt:
Violent Crime and Gangs Section
The Violent Crime and Gangs Section investigates and prosecutes violations of the federal firearms laws and other types of violent crime, including, murder, carjackings and commercial Hobbs Act robberies.
The Violent Crime and Gangs Section focuses on dismantling gangs and other violent drug-trafficking organizations, by making use of the federal racketeering and conspiracy statutes. The Violent Crime and Gangs Section is also primarily responsible for pursuing our federal anti-gang strategy and for working with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to implement the prosecution of firearms related offenses.
Assistant United States Attorney James Wallner serves as the Chief of the Violent Crime and Gangs Section with assistance from Deputy Chief Assistant United States Attorney Patricia McLane, and they can be reached by calling 410-209-4800.
The central mission of the Narcotics Section is to investigate and prosecute major drug trafficking organizations, including international and interstate narcotics traffickers, methamphetamine and ecstasy labs, and urban street gangs responsible for violent crimes. Many of the international and interstate narcotics investigations are Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force cases involving multiple law enforcement agencies, especially the DEA, ATF, FBI, ICE and the IRS.
The Narcotics Section makes frequent use of Title III wiretaps and undercover agents to penetrate organizations and gather evidence. It also uses extradition powers to prosecute foreign smugglers who conspire to ship illegal drugs into the United States.
Physicians and pharmacies that violate criminal laws regulating prescription drugs also are investigated and prosecuted by the Narcotics Section, along with individuals who illegally sell prescription drugs, such as OxyContin and Percocet.
The Narcotics Section also targets major money laundering operations, especially ones that transmit drug proceeds overseas. Through attention to asset forfeiture, the Section strives to ensure that traffickers and their families never benefit financially from their crimes.
The Section also focuses on street gangs that traffic in narcotics and commit violent crimes. In these cases, the Section works closely with local police departments and the Maryland State Police, as well as federal agencies.
Assistant United States Attorney Kenneth Clark serves as the Chief of the Narcotics Section and can be reached by calling 410-209-4800.
Fraud and Public Corruption Section
The Fraud and Public Corruption Section prosecutes two broad categories of cases.
Fraud victimizes consumers, businesses, financial institutions and public agencies through a broad array of sophisticated scams to cheat victims of money or property. Fraud schemes are a significant drain on our economy and can be personally devastating to individuals who lose money or property. This Office prosecutes telemarketing fraud, corporate fraud, mortgage fraud, fraud on financial institutions, government contracting fraud, tax fraud, insurance fraud such as staged automobile accident fraud and arson for profit, bankruptcy fraud, investment fraud schemes involving securities and commodities, and internet fraud.
Public corruption violates the trust between the public and government employees or elected officials whose responsibility is to serve the public trust, and not their private interests. This Office vigorously prosecutes federal, state and local officials who act corruptly in the performance of their duties or the conduct of their offices.
Many of the fraud and public corruption cases prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office are investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Postal Inspection Service, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Inspector Generals of many government agencies.
Assistant United States Attorney Leo J. Wise serves as the Chief of the Fraud and Public Corruption Section and is assisted by Assistant United States Attorney Sean Delaney who serves as the Deputy Chief of the Fraud and Public Corruption Section and they can be reached by calling 410-209-4800.
Major Crimes Section
Federal criminal violations prosecuted by the Major Crimes Section include some of the top prosecution priorities of the Department of Justice, such as sexual exploitation of children, human trafficking, identity theft and fraud (including access device fraud), civil rights violations, and environmental crimes. The Section also handles prosecutions involving immigration violations, as well as arson and explosives.
Additional crimes handled by the Major Crimes Section include: Bank thefts and bank robberies, Postal thefts, robberies and obstruction of the mail, workers' compensation and Social Security benefits fraud, labor trafficking, interstate transportation of stolen property, threatening interstate communications, domestic violence and interstate stalking, trafficking in contraband cigarettes, crimes involving fish and wildlife, counterfeiting, unauthorized flight after prosecution (fugitives) and escape, kidnapping, copyright and trademark violations, and loan sharking and gambling.
The collective experience of Major Crimes Section prosecutors is varied, as required by the complexities of different investigations that are within the responsibility of the Section. Indeed, most federal investigative agencies rely upon the Major Crimes Section as they investigate and present for prosecution the many different crimes included in the federal criminal code.
Assistant United States Attorney Judson T. Mihok serves as the Chief of the Major Crimes Section and is assisted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul Budlow who serves as the Deputy Chief of the Major Crimes Section and they can be reached by calling 410-209-4800.
National Security and Cybercrime Section
The mission of National Security and Cybercrime Section is to investigate and prosecute cases involving terrorism, counterespionage, export violations and cybercrime.
The National Security and Cybercrime Section oversees investigations involving the provision of material support to terrorists and foreign terrorist organizations, terrorism financing, and federal offenses calculated to influence or affect the conduct of government by intimidation or coercion, or to retaliate against government conduct.
The National Security and Cybercrime Section also investigates violations of the Arms Export Control Act and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, as well as counterespionage investigations and cases involving the unlawful retention and disclosure of classified information.
The National Security and Cybercrime Section also investigates cybercrime, including computer intrusions, nationwide or international Internet fraud, economic espionage, theft of trade secrets, cyberstalking, swatting and financial offenses relating to cryptocurrency businesses.
The National Security and Cybercrime Section works with numerous federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Secret Service, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Security Agency. Uniquely situated with numerous federal agency headquarters located within the District of Maryland, the National Security and Cybercrime Section works extensively with the offices of numerous Inspectors General, including NASA, IRS and the National Science Foundation.
The National Security and Cybercrime Section also has primary responsibility for the United States Attorney’s Office for crisis response and management.
Assistant United States Attorney Kathleen Gavin serves as the Chief of the National Security and Cybercrime Section and is assisted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas M. Sullivan and Aaron Zelinsky who serve as the Deputy Chiefs of the National Security and Cybercrime Section and they can be reached by calling 301-344-4433 and 410-209-4800, respectively. Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey Izant serves as the Cybercrime Counsel and can be reached by calling 301-344-4433.
Asset Recovery Unit
The Asset Recovery Unit supports the Assistant United States Attorneys in the Criminal Division who are prosecuting money laundering cases, and/or are seeking the forfeiture of criminal proceeds and other property as part of the sentence in a criminal case. Money laundering, victim restitution, and asset forfeiture are complex areas of the law that require special expertise. The attorneys and paralegals in the Section also handle their own case load of civil cases, money laundering cases, and other criminal cases involving restitution or forfeiture. In addition, ARU attorneys and paralegals handle civil forfeiture cases, in which forfeiture may be pursued when property is subject to forfeiture apart from a federal criminal case.
Assistant United States Attorney Tamera L. Fine serves as the Chief of the Asset Recovery Unit and can be reached by calling 410-209-4800.
In addition to an office in Baltimore, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland maintains a Southern Division in Greenbelt, Maryland. Assistant United States Attorneys in this Division handle prosecutions of federal crimes occurring in Prince George’s, Montgomery, Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s counties, involving the same categories of cases that are prosecuted in Baltimore in the Northern Division.
Violent crime prosecution priorities in Greenbelt include using federal racketeering, conspiracy and firearms statutes to disrupt violent gangs and reduce gang activity. The scope of these gang prosecutions ranges from local to national and international. In Prince George’s County, the Greenbelt office works with federal agencies, local prosecutors, and state and local police to implement enforcement of firearms related offenses. The office also prosecutes violent crime offenses, including homicides, arising on exclusive federal enclaves.
Southern Division narcotics cases frequently involve multiple federal and local law enforcement agencies and task forces. Using undercover agents, confidential informants, consensual and Title III wiretaps, multiple-location searches and a host of other law enforcement techniques, narcotics investigations in the Southern Division have resulted in the successful prosecutions of high-level cocaine traffickers.
Southern Division prosecutors also investigate and prosecute significant public corruption and fraud cases. Public corruption cases involve state and local government officials and employees of the many federal agencies located in the Southern Division. Fraud cases range from complex corporate fraud cases involving corporations on the I-270 technology corridor to investment and mortgage fraud schemes that target immigrants, the elderly and other vulnerable victims.
Similar to the Major Crimes Section in Baltimore, the Southern Division prosecutes a wide array of other federal offenses, including child pornography, bank robberies, immigration violations, and counterfeiting.
The Southern Division office also handles thousands of misdemeanor cases that occur on areas of exclusive federal jurisdiction such as the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, the National Institutes of Health, and military bases.
The Southern Division is supervised by Assistant United States Attorney Kelly Hayes who serves as the Chief of the Southern Division with assistance from Deputy Chief Assistant United States Attorney Jessica Collins. They can be reached by calling 301-344-4433.