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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

Acting United States Attorney - Bruce D. Brandler

First Assistant United States Attorney - Bruce D. Brandler

Chief, Criminal Division - John C. Gurganus
Deputy Chief, Criminal Division (Scranton and Williamsport) - Fran Sempa
Deputy Chief, Criminal Division (Harrisburg) – Eric Pfisterer

Branch Chief/Williamsport Office – George J. Rocktashel

Senior Litigation Counsel - Michael A. Consiglio and Michelle Olshefski

Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC) Coordinator - Carl Marchioli

Criminal Health Care Fraud Coordinator - Ravi R. Sharma

Chief, Criminal Appeals - Stephen R. Cerutti

Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Lead Attorney - Sean Camoni

Chief, Civil Division – Joseph J. Terz
Deputy Chief, Civil Division (Scranton) - G. Michael Thiel
Chief, Civil Appeals - Navin Jani

Project Safe Neighborhoods Coordinator - John C. Gurganus

Opioid Coordinator - Michelle Olshefski

Elder Fraud Coordinator - Michelle Olshefski

Victim/Witness Coordinator - Laurie Reiley 

Administrative Officer – Linda L. Smith     

Law Enforcement Community Coordinator (LECC) - Bradley Riethmiller

Public Affairs Officer – Dawn Clark

Updated January 4, 2021

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