HAMMOND – United States Attorney David Capp announced that:
David J. Nozick, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Indiana;
Bruce R. Hegyi, Trial Attorney for the Department of Justice Capital Case Section;
Jason M. Gore, Special Agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives;
Arthur L. Grist, Jr., Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and
Brian M. Paine, Sergeant for the East Chicago Police Department,
all received the highest award from the Department of Justice, Criminal Division during a ceremony in Washington D.C. on Monday, December 7, 2015. Attorney General Loretta Lynch spoke at this ceremony recognizing outstanding law enforcement efforts throughout the country.
The award was presented for their outstanding performance in the investigation and prosecution of the Imperial Gangsters, particularly the conviction of the local leader, Juan Briseno. Briseno was sentenced to six life sentences in prison earlier this year. In total, 24 members or associates of this criminal organization were indicted, convicted and sentenced to substantial terms of imprisonment.
United States Attorney Capp stated, “All of us are extremely proud of the exemplary work by this law enforcement team. The Imperial Gangster convictions have substantially reduced the level of violence in East Chicago. The tireless work of these individuals has greatly benefitted the citizens of Northwest Indiana. Yesterday’s award reflects the national importance and recognition of their efforts.”
East Chicago Police Chief Mark Becker stated, “Sgt. Paine’s award is a great honor for him and our department. We look forward to our continued partnership with the federal and other local departments in our ongoing effort to enhance the safety of our communities.”