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Nebraska U.S. Attorney’s Office Allocated Additional Prosecutors

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

United States Attorney Steven Russell announced today that the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Nebraska has been allocated three additional federal prosecutors and two additional support staff by the United States Department of Justice. One of these full-time Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) and support staff will be dedicated to addressing public safety needs to combat violent crime in the state.

“For decades, the United States Attorney’s Office in Nebraska has been a strong federal partner in promoting public safety across the state, including the prosecution of violent crime and government fraud,” Russell said. “With this significant investment of additional resources from the Department of Justice, we will be able to continue to effectively coordinate with state, local and tribal law enforcement to ensure that Nebraska is a safe place to work and live.”

In addition to the “violent crime” prosecutor, the office will hire an additional AUSA charged with spearheading the office’s eLitigation program, enhancing the process of identifying, assessing, producing and presentation of discoverable information for all manner of criminal prosecutions and civil matters.  A term AUSA will be charged with prosecuting COVID fraud, false statements, and money laundering related to the CARES Act passed by Congress in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This includes fraud involving the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), and unemployment insurance (UI) programs committed during the pandemic.  Finally, the Office has also been allocated two support staff positions to assist in Indian country prosecutions and e-litigation support.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Nebraska currently has 30 AUSAs working in its Criminal and Civil Divisions out of Omaha and Lincoln. The office is currently in the process of onboarding two criminal AUSAs to fill existing vacancies. When the additional prosecutors are in place, a process expected to take several months, the office will have a total of 34 AUSAs representing the United States serving the citizens of Nebraska. 


Susan T. Lehr, First Assistant U.S. Attorney (402) 661-3700

Updated May 24, 2023