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Statement from U.S. Attorney Brandon J. Fremin Regarding Operations as a Result of COVID-19 and a Warning Against Fraud and Scams Related to Coronavirus

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Louisiana

In response to the rapidly evolving situation involving the Coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19), the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana remains operational, while working to mitigate risks to staff and the general public.

U.S. Attorney Fremin stated, “Our office is closely monitoring the situation surrounding the Coronavirus and, in the interest of the health and safety of our staff, has modified operations to abide by the guidance of the President, the Department of Justice, the Centers for Disease Control, and recent District Court orders.  My commitment to the Middle District is to remain vigilant to the public safety needs of our citizens, while balancing the health and safety concerns we all share.  Prosecutors and staff are prepared to react to any situation that requires immediate federal law enforcement attention and remain committed to fulfilling our obligations to the American people.  I am in regular contact with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners, as well as the U.S. Courts, as we all adjust our operations to this unprecedented crisis.”

“Sadly, during times like these, scam artists tend to take advantage of vulnerable populations,” said Fremin.  “The public should be aware that there are already reports of individuals and businesses selling fake cures for COVID-19 online, reports of phishing emails from those posing as the World Health Organization and the CDC, and other COVID-19 related scams.  The Department of Justice and my office have made it a top priority to detect, investigate, and prosecute criminal conduct related to the current pandemic and will continue our mission to bring justice to those who violate federal criminal law.”

Updated March 19, 2020

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