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Criminal Division

National Security

The National Security Unit works closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (“JTTF”) and other law enforcement agencies to prevent, disrupt, and defeat terrorist operations before they occur, and to investigate and prosecute any planned, threatened, or executed acts of terrorism. The National Security Unit also oversees investigations and prosecutions of threats to critical infrastructure, violations of export control laws, defense contractor fraud, and large-scale immigration offenses. Additionally, the National Security Unit works with the JTTF to identify, collect, and disseminate both foreign and domestic intelligence relevant to ongoing threat assessments and threat mitigation. To that end, the National Security Unit works with the U.S. Attorney to oversee the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council for the District of New Jersey, which is a large consortium of federal, state, county, and local law enforcement agencies and organizations with national security interests, to promote and foster intelligence sharing and response preparedness.

Economic Crimes

The Economic Crimes Unit conducts large-scale, complex financial fraud investigations and prosecutions, including bank, mortgage and corporate fraud; securities and commodities fraud; Recovery Act, TARP, and other federal funding fraud; and identity theft. This unit also includes the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (“CHIP”) Section, which focuses on cyber attacks, such as data breaches, botnets, malicious computer viruses, logic bombs, and computer intrusions, as well as intellectual property-related crimes, such as theft of trade secrets, copyright, and trademark violations. The CHIP Section engages in outreach to build on existing partnerships with private industry to investigate and prosecute cybercrimes.

Health Care and Government Fraud

The Health Care and Government Fraud Unit investigates and prosecutes crimes involving fraud and abuse in the health care industry. The principal focus of the unit is prosecuting major fraud directed at federal programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, and hospitals run by the Veterans Administration. These matters include the sale of unapproved or altered drugs, illegal marketing of drugs for unapproved uses, illegal kickbacks, improper billing, and improper diversion of controlled substances. Frequently, these matters arise from qui tam complaints filed by whistle blowers and require close coordination with the Civil Divisions of this Office and the Department of Justice.

Organized Crime/Gangs

The Organized Crime/Gangs Unit investigates and prosecutes organized crime groups for, among other things, labor racketeering, human trafficking, homicide, illegal gambling, and loan sharking. The unit also handles investigations and prosecutions of members of traditional organized crime groups – such as the seven La Cosa Nostra organized crime families in the New York City, New Jersey, and Philadelphia areas – as well as emerging organized crime groups, such as Russian/Eastern European and Asian criminal organizations. The unit also investigates and prosecutes local and national gangs, such as the Bloods, Crips, Latin Kings, and MS 13.

Narcotics/Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (“OCDETF”)

The Narcotics/OCDETF Unit investigates and prosecutes significant drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. Targets include individuals who organize, direct, finance, or are otherwise engaged in high-level illegal drug trafficking, as well as those who use otherwise legitimate businesses to facilitate the distribution of drugs and disbursal of drug proceeds. In conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), Department of Homeland Security U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”), Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”), members of the unit commonly conduct court-authorized wiretap and financial investigations. In addition, the Narcotics/OCDETF Unit works cooperatively with many state, county, and local drug enforcement agencies.

Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering

The Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Unit provides support to the Criminal and Special Prosecutions Divisions in forfeiting assets that are the proceeds of criminal activity or were used to facilitate criminal activity. In addition, the unit prosecutes defendants for money laundering, violating currency reporting requirements, and conducting illegal money transmitting businesses. The unit is also responsible for civil asset forfeitures, in which the government utilizes civil in rem actions, rather than criminal prosecutions, to seek the forfeiture of the proceeds of criminal activity and property used to facilitate criminal activity.

General Crimes

All new Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the Criminal Division start in the General Crimes Unit. The unit’s diverse caseload includes bank robberies, child exploitation, firearms offenses, airport crimes, counterfeit currency offenses, and a variety of federal program offenses.

Updated March 18, 2015

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