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Friday, June 15, 2018

Deputy Attorney General Recognizes District Employee For Superior Performance

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter S. Levitt of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada was recognized by Department of Justice Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) Director James Crowell IV at the 34th Director’s Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. today.

The District of Nevada was one of 35 districts represented at the ceremony held in the Great Hall at the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building. This annual ceremony recognizes individuals for their outstanding service and dedication to carrying out the mission of the Department of Justice.

In addressing the award recipients and guests, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said, “Today’s honorees earned the esteem of their colleagues. But most importantly, they earned the gratitude of our fellow citizens — the people whose communities you made safer, whose lives you improved, and whose trust you rewarded. Today, we pause to honor and recognize a small portion of your work.”

“Peter is recognized for his exceptional work as an appellate advocate in tackling some of the most difficult cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and in particular for preserving convictions and sentencings imposed on defendants,” said U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson. “He has dedicated his expertise, energy, and service to the pursuit of justice and his commitment to excellence.”

Mr. Levitt has handled complicated cases with a tireless commitment to justice. For example, he handled United States v. Grimm and Mazzarella, where the defendants received sentences of 25 years and 14 years, respectively, and were ordered to pay more than $2.275 million in restitution for losses resulting from the massive mortgage fraud scheme; and United States v. Lindsey, where the Ninth Circuit affirmed the conviction imposed on a loan officer who secured more than $3 million in mortgage loans using straw buyers and false and fraudulent loan applications. Mr. Levitt’s exceptional work in these and other important criminal appeals has helped to shape Ninth Circuit law, and promotes the mission of the United States Attorney’s Office in Nevada.

EOUSA provides oversight, general executive assistance, and direction to the 94 United States Attorneys’ offices around the country. For more information on EOUSA and its mission, visit www.justice.gov/usao. For more information on the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Nevada, visit www.justice.gov/usao-nv.

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Updated June 15, 2018