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The Criminal Division

The mission of the Criminal Division is to prosecute federal criminal cases. The Criminal Division has approximately 27 Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs), with a staff of legal assistants and technical support personnel.

Within the Criminal Division are several specialized areas of concentration including:

  • Terrorism and National Security,
  • Public Corruption,
  • Economic Crimes,
  • Government Program Fraud/Health Care Fraud,
  • Violent Crimes and Firearms Offenses,
  • Drug Trafficking,
  • Tax Fraud,
  • Environmental Crimes,
  • Computer Crimes,
  • Child Exploitation,
  • Immigration,
  • Civil Rights, and
  • Appeals.

The Criminal Division also includes Special Assistant United States Attorneys (SAUSAs) assigned from other federal agencies, and state and local prosecutor’s offices.  SAUSAs serve as attorneys for the government in specific cases, or in long term priority program areas such as immigration crimes and drug, gang, and street crime initiatives, and at designated federal enclaves.

The Civil Division

The Civil Division represents the interests of the United States in civil lawsuits involving the government, its departments, and agencies in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.  Cases include federal tort claims, employment discrimination, immigration matters, bankruptcy, civil health care fraud, social security, environmental matters, a heavy volume of federal prison litigation, and affirmative civil cases.  The Division is comprised of approximately 12 attorneys plus legal assistants and a staff of paralegals.

The Administrative Division

The Administrative Division is responsible for providing support services to the three offices, including budget administration, facilities management, contracting, procurement of supplies and services, and information technology. The Administrative Division has a staff of approximately eight persons.

The Office's Senior Management and Program Staff

United States Attorney - Gerard M. Karam

First Assistant United States Attorney - John C. Gurganus

Chief, Criminal Division - Bruce D. Brandler

Deputy Chief, Criminal Division (Scranton and Williamsport) - Michelle Olshefski

Deputy Chief, Criminal Division (Harrisburg) – Fran P. Sempa

Senior Litigation Counsel - Michael A. Consiglio and Phillip Caraballo

Chief, Civil Division – G. Michael Thiel

Deputy Chief, Civil Division - Richard D. Euliss

Chief, Appeals Unit - Carlo D. Marchioli

Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC) Coordinator - Carlo D. Marchioli

Criminal Health Care Fraud Coordinator - Ravi R. Sharma

Environmental Justice Coordinator - Phillip Caraballo

Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Lead Attorney - Jennifer Roberts

Project Safe Neighborhoods Coordinator - Todd K. Hinkley

Opioid Coordinator - Michelle Olshefski

Elder Fraud Coordinator - Michelle Olshefski

Criminal Civil Rights Coordinator - James Buchanan

Civil, Civil Rights Coordinator - Michael Butler

Victim/Witness Coordinator - Laurie Reiley

Administrative Officer – Linda L. Smith    

Law Enforcement Community Coordinator (LECC) - Bradley Riethmiller

Public Affairs Officer – Dawn Clark

Updated November 8, 2023