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Charles J. Kovats Named Acting United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota

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

MINNEAPOLIS – Charles J. Kovats has been named as the Acting United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota following the departure of former Acting United States Attorney W. Anders Folk. Mr. Kovats previously served as the office’s Criminal Division Chief since 2018.

Acting United States Attorney Kovats has served the citizens of the District of Minnesota as a prosecutor since 2010 when he joined the United States Attorney’s Office as the National Security Section Chief. In 2012, Mr. Kovats was selected by former Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta to serve on the Defense Legal Policy Board in Washington, D.C., which was tasked with reviewing the application of military justice in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Prior to moving to the District of Minnesota, Mr. Kovats served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California from 2005 until 2010.

A veteran, Mr. Kovats served for seven years in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Mr. Kovats received his B.A. from Santa Clara University in 1992 and, in 1996, earned his law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Former Acting United States Attorney W. Anders Folk stepped down to take a position with the Office of the Deputy Attorney General, in Washington D.C.

Updated November 8, 2021

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