The United States Attorney's Office conducts the most federal criminal prosecutions in the State of Montana. We receive criminal referrals from federal investigative agencies, state and local investigative agencies, and occasionally from citizens. After careful consideration of each criminal matter, the U.S. Attorney decides the appropriateness of bringing criminal charges and, when deemed appropriate, initiates prosecution. The U. S. Attorney’s Office prosecutes, oversees the investigation of, a wide range of criminal activities. It’s workload is more diverse and far reaching than ever before. The caseload includes violent crime, complex and time consuming financial institution fraud, computer fraud, environmental crime, public corruption, organized crime, complex drug and money laundering activities, child pornography, and cases involving multiple defendants and criminal enterprises.
We also conduct the majority of the federal civil litigation in which the United States is a party or has a financial interest. Our work in the civil arena entails the initiation of civil actions; affirmative litigation to assert and protect the interests of the United States. We also defend the government in lawsuits filed against the United States. Finally, our office handles other civil cases when the United States is a third party plaintiff or defendant, a creditor, or an intervenor.